Welcome to Tacpac and pilot study information for using Tacpac for people with Dementia

Tacpac draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour of sensory communication between two people. Tacpac creates sensory alignment and helps people of any age who have sensory impairment, developmental delay, complex learning difficulties, tactile defensiveness, and limited or pre-verbal levels of communication.

We are looking for participants for a forthcoming pilot study using TACPAC with people with dementia.

TACPAC is a sensory communication resource for people with sensory processing disorder.  TACPAC draws together touch and music to create a structured half hour of sensory communication between two people. Tacpac has benefitted thousands of adults over the past 20 years.

For the Receivers

  • Stimulate the senses: seeing, hearing, touching

  • Stimulate emotional responses, especially pleasure

  • Promote social connections and relationship

  • Improve quality of life by reducing depression, anxiety, agitation, irritability, and isolation.

  • Giving an easier and more accessible means of communication – through the sense of music and touch.

For the Givers

  • Easy to set up and do

  • Repeatable – can become part of routine

  • Positive response from receiver

  • Happier receivers

  • Better relationships with receivers

  • Something meaningful to do with receivers

Goals of the pilot study project

  • To confirm that using Tacpac, with a trained partner, will give the person with dementia (the receiver) a half hour of personalised, meaningful communication to both relax them, and enhance the quality of the quality of the relationship
  • To confirm that using Tacpac as a giver, will provide a means to a meaningful and easily accessed communication method, namely a sensory communication.

 Timeline

  • We aim to start this project in March 2022 and run the project for 10 weeks, taking us to the end of May.
  • Each session will last approximately ½ hour. Approximately 10 sessions

 Resources

  • All partners will be instructed by myself, Hilary Wainer, Creator of Tacpac.
  • All partners will receive a training session and resources from myself before we include the partners with dementia.
  • Training and support will continue throughout the study.

 Ending the project

  • We aim to end the project at the end of July. Live and face to face trainings will be offered from September 2022.

Contact us

If you are interested in our pilot study using TACPAC with people with dementia then please fill in the form opposite and we will be in touch.

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