LEGO Based Therapy
Where Young Minds Assemble Wonders
What is LEGO Based Therapy?
LEGO Based Therapy is a social development program that uses LEGO building activities to assist children, particularly those with autism spectrum condition (ASC) and related conditions, in developing their social skills. The therapy was originally developed by psychologist Daniel LeGoff, who noticed that children with ASC were more engaged and interactive when they were doing LEGO activities.
Here is an overview of LEGO Based Therapy and its benefits:
1. Structure: LEGO-based therapy is highly structured, providing a familiar and predictable environment that many children with ASC find comforting. Children are assigned roles (engineer, supplier, or builder), and they need to collaborate to build a LEGO model. The roles are rotated regularly to help children experience different social responsibilities.
2. Social Skills Development: The therapy encourages children to communicate and negotiate with their peers. It's an opportunity for them to practice listening, sharing, taking turns, and problem-solving in a group setting.
3. Collaboration and Teamwork: Because the completion of the LEGO model requires the group effort, the therapy encourages teamwork. This helps to develop collaboration skills, a vital social skill that will benefit children in various other social contexts.
4. Enhanced Communication: As children negotiate about what pieces to use, describe their ideas, and articulate instructions, they are developing both their expressive and receptive language skills.
5. Fine Motor Skills Improvement: Handling and connecting LEGO pieces can help improve fine motor skills, which are important for writing, buttoning clothing, and other tasks requiring finger dexterity.
6. Confidence and Self-Esteem: Successfully building a LEGO model can provide a sense of accomplishment, boosting the child's confidence and self-esteem. Over time, these positive experiences can help children to become more confident in other social settings as well.
7. Flexibility: The therapy can be adapted for different ages, abilities, and interest levels. The versatility of LEGO means that children can engage in simple or complex projects depending on their developmental level and capabilities.
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