LEGO®-based therapy is a social development program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other related social communication difficulties. Often, difficulties arise in social interaction, social communication, and social imagination for children with these symptoms and diagnoses. Research has shown that significant gains can be made in social development through LEGO®-based therapy.
Playing with LEGO® has the power to boost social skills and build self-esteem. It provides opportunities for use of visual-spatial skills and systematic problem solving. Children build skills through following their social interests in a collaborative, supportive play therapy environment.
How It Works
Each course is four sessions long, provided biweekly for one-and-a-half hours per session. Children are divided into groups of three to build creations and are assigned different responsibilities during the session. We emphasize decision-making, leadership skills, and communication skills. Children take turns rotating through three different roles – the engineer, the supplier, and the builder. This allows opportunities for the children to work together, communicate, collectively sole problems, and practice social skills. When social problems arise, the clinician coaches the children to find their own solutions, providing natural opportunities for developing social competence.
Our LEGO®-based social skills group will focus on the following skills:
- Building confidence
- Listening comprehension
- Collaborative problem solving
- Sharing and taking turns
- Following directions
- Joint attention and task focus
- Verbal and nonverbal communication
Who Should Attend
This program is designed for children with ASD or other social communication disorders between the ages 7 through 10.
This group is currently forming and does not have a set date or time. Once we have participants, a date and time will be set. This group will be 60 minutes in length and be held on a weekly basis for a total of eight weeks.
*schedule subject to change
How to Enroll
Please contact us for a brief consultation, either via email or telephone. Prior to official enrollment, we will schedule an individual, initial session to make sure this program is a great fit for you. These meetings are approximately 30 minutes and are scheduled in the morning or on Saturdays.
Space is limited. Enrollment ends two weeks prior to the first day of a new module.