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What is LEGO®-Based Therapy? Essentially, it uses children’s natural love of LEGO® to motivate them to engage socially with peers. It can help with symptoms such as aloofness, shyness, rigidity and/or anxiety.

Research has shown children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety and depression can significantly improve their social competence through this therapy (LeGoff, 2004).

By providing an effective and engaging learning environment, your child can develop and master social skills. These include:

  • Turn taking;
  • Sharing;
  • Problem-solving; and
  • Compromising.

It is totally awesome, because children learn in an authentic way. This is due to the natural play environment, which makes it easier for your child to generalise their new skills.

In particular, children with ASD have trouble taking what they’ve learnt and applying it to different situations. This is what we call “generalising”. So the beauty here is that they are engaged socially with peers, making it easier to use the same skills in other social encounters!

Ok, I agree, it’s awesome! Where can I sign up?

We offer a LEGO®-based social skills group, called Brick-by-Brick. Sessions are run weekly throughout each school term. One of our registered Psychologists will guide and teach your child.

To find out more about Brick-by-Brick, check out our website here, call us on 9768 9990, or email setforlife@lcpsych.com.au.

If you think we need a Brick-by-Brick School Holiday Program, tell us! Be sure to let us know how often you would bring your child in over the holidays, plus how long you’d love the session to go for.

To read more about the awesomeness, check out this article: http://brickdave.com/how-to-learn-with-lego

 

References

LeGoff, D. B. (2004). Use of LEGO® as a therapeutic medium for improving social competence. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34(5), 557-57. doi:10.1007/s10803-004-2550-0

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this program.
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