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TACPAC Sensory Communication Essentials Workshop

Professional development (PD) New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 15 January 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9h6Y

Tacpac is a sensory communication resource using touch and music. Tacpac helps people with sensory impairment, developmental delay, complex learning difficulties, tactile defensiveness, and limited or pre-verbal levels of communication.

This is an introductory workshop.  Attendance on this workshops enable you to registered for the Advanced workshop on Tuesday 13 March: #1H9h6Q.

The workshop is being facilitated by Hilary Wainer, founder and co-founder and director of the Tacpac programme. She has many years’ experience as a teacher and music therapist, working alongside children with a wide range of learning difficulties, in different settings. She has a special interest in those who have profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), and multi-sensory impairment (MSI). Hilary is also an accredited music therapy supervisor with the British Association of Music Therapists (BAMT). 

Course content

  • Our sensory system and the role of touch
  • Understanding the importance of the basic beat
  • experiencing the touch and music in an activity, using objects
  • use of thematic material
  • how the limbic system affects our senses
  • The central role of music in Tacpac
  • Sensory communication
  • Sensory overload


  • Understand the theory behind Tacpac
  • Learn to internalise and effectively deliver the Tacpac activities
  • Experience ‘sensory overload’ for yourself
  • Heighten awareness of your own senses (we have more than 5)
  • Discover how to work effectively with touch
  • Build skills in multi-sensory interaction (touch–sight–movement–sound)
  • Synchronise your sense of touch with your sense of music
  • Meet other professionals in the field, parents, and carers
  • Receive a Tacpac CPD Certificate in Sensory Alignment.

PRE-REQUISITE: You need at least 1 Tacpac Set to put this training into practice at your Setting or at home. If you do not have access to one you can buy a set online at:

The opportunity to attend both days will deepen your knowledge base, improve your practice and increase learning outcomes for the students you work with.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

12 March 2018 – 12 March 2018

Further information

Contact: Julie King

 (021) 101 0209