Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Ten question interview: ‘Tactile communication’ explained

‘Tactile communication’ represents a valued means of interaction for and with people with complex learning difficulties. Learning Disability Today caught up with the authors of TaSSeLs (Tactile signing for sensory learners), who were happy to answer ten questions on the topic. What is tactile communication – who is it appropriate for and why? Tactile communication is the use of touch on safe areas of the body to provide information when speech on its own is difficult to understand. TaSSeLs is best for learners with complex learning difficulties who are functioning at early developmental levels. It is also useful for learners who require additional sensory cues to


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