What is LEGO© 4 Autism?
LEGO© 4 Autism is a social developmental programme for children with autism that addresses issues with social interaction and communication deficiencies.
LEGO© therapy was developed based on the concept of using child’s interests to motivate them to learn and the activities have been shaped towards interaction and communication by introducing the roles of an engineer, a supplier and a builder. The intervention is based on creating LEGO© sets following clear instructions or freestyle building. (LeGoff, 2014).
According to research LEGO© Therapy should last between 7-8 weeks to see any changes in children's interaction.
Why LEGO© Therapy?
Improves joint attention - non-verbal communication including shared attention, eye-gaze are in the centre of LEGO© therapy and there is no demand placed on verbal communication. This can be achieved by children checking the plan and the creation, switching the roles and turn taking.
Child-led approach e.g.: child’s choice of what set to build, which can improve motivation. Natural reinforcement has a positive impact on a child's responses and acquisition of new skills. Children respond much better when given choice of what resources they would like to use e.g.: they are more enthusiastic when working on a project they are passionate about.
Inclusion- being part of the group, social inclusion, and sense of belonging play vital roles in the ability to form relationships. As a result,
autistic children feel good about themselves, feel included and valued, which could have an impact on their communication and reduce outbursts.
Who is it for?
START: 18th January 2021
TIME: 5- 6pm
VENUE: The Arc, Caterham
COST: £75 per term paid in advance or in two instalments
Even though it is run in relaxed atmosphere this is NOT a Club but a therapy that is aiming to improve specific skills through individualised approach.
LEGO© Club will be run during holidays for whole families.
What is included:
Structure of the session:
Holiday LEGO© Club
During half term holidays there will be a session open to the wider public and autistic children will be able to attend with their families to help bond with siblings and share interests.
You can sign up for this session here.
You can listen to dr Legoff about what LEGO Therapy is :
If you are not sure if LEGO © Based therapy is for your child or you worry your child might not manage, please contact me so we can discuss it and find the best solution, it can be delivered on 1:1 basis as well.