Intellectual Disability Services

The services that Tays provides for individuals with intellectual disabilities are intended to complement municipal basic services. We provide outpatient services and support centre services for persons in need of special support and their families.

The services of the Outpatient Intellectual Disabilities Clinic include visits to the outpatient clinic or regional units or in the client's every-day environments, as well as phone consultation. The support centre provides study, rehabilitation and support periods as well as crisis treatment. In addition, we organise involuntary treatment for disabled persons.

To complement municipal services, we provide services to help clients in their everyday life, consultation, training as well as development activities.

Outpatient clinic services

At the Outpatient Intellectual Disabilities Clinic, we provide information on disabilities, promote the functionality of persons with disabilities and perform any necessary studies required for the planning of rehabilitation.

The work at the clinic is focused on special issues in developmental disabilities which often emerge in early childhood and during different transitional stages through life. Our other core services include planning of rehabilitation for people with multiple and severe disabilities, analysing and treating behavioural and mental health issues, as well as support for problems related to aging.

We have clients in all age groups, and client relationships are often long-term. It is important to be part of the client's collaboration networks consisting of his or her every-day assistants.

Rehabilitation at the Tays Support Centre

Clients mainly arrive for a short-term rehabilitation or an analysis, crisis or treatment period. We plan and carry out the rehabilitation period together with the client and his or her family members.

The client's need for support may be caused by an intellectual disability, autism, behavioural challenges, mental health problems, mobility limitations or health-related problems. The length of the period depends on the client's individual needs, varying from short-term family support periods to more long-term rehabilitation periods with defined goals.

Our facilities support our clients' rehabilitation and enable them to progress step by step. In the acute stage, the client may be guided in his or her own room at first, and as the rehabilitation progresses, support can be given at his or her unit or in other facilities in the region.

We have facilities for exercise and physiological, action and water therapy, as well as music and tools for supporting the senses.

The most important methods in rehabilitation are the following:

  • Different therapeutic methods, such as psychophysical physiotherapy, music therapy, sexual therapy and art psychotherapy
  • OIVA Interaction Model – skilled interaction, communication and partnership
  • Alternative communication methods to replace speech
  • Competence training for clients with challenging behaviour
  • MAPA Finland – prevention and safe treatment of challenging behaviour
  • Neuropsychiatric coaching
  • ART – aggression control work
  • Green environment therapeutic work
  • Autism rehabilitation

Care services at Tays

We provide care services at Tays Pitkäniemi in Nokia. The unit located in Pitkäniemi is a rehabilitation and treatment ward for patients with severe intellectual disabilities who require extensive guidance and for adults with mobility limitations. We provide autism rehabilitation therapy in a small group for patients with autism.

Special expertise at Tays

At Tays, we focus especially on the rehabilitation of children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and autism, controlling challenging situations, treatment of mental health disorders and issues related to aging or sexuality, as well as supporting interaction and communication. We have special expertise in involuntary treatment for clients who have not been committed of a crime.

Persons in charge

Director of Division Tuulikki Parikka
Head of Department, Head of Services Vuokko Sivula
Head of Department, Chief Physician Nina Bjelogrlic-Laakso