LEGO®-Based Therapy is a collaborative, play based social skills intervention for children with autism and related conditions. This site provides information about LEGO®-based therapy and details of training courses in both the UK and Australia.
Aims of LEGO®-based therapy
LEGO®-based therapy aims to develop social competence through the development of social skills. Collaborative play provides opportunities for children to practise skills such as turn-taking, listening, sharing ideas, communication, compromise, problem solving and shared attention. Groups are run by a trained facilitator and children are encouraged to build together within set roles. Each child plays the role of an ‘engineer’, a ‘supplier’ or a ‘builder’ and together they follow pictorial instructions to build a model.
LEGO®-based therapy encourages children to interact with each other through collaborative play with construction toys; materials which are often highly motivating to children with autism and related conditions. Children are motivated to participate in the group intervention because they are interested in building, and therefore they are more willing to work together as a group. The shared focus on building enables children to learn and practise social skills within a social environment they feel comfortable in.
LEGO®-based therapy is suitable for use in schools and community settings. Building Skills provides LEGO®-based therapy training for staff who wish to set up a group in a school or community setting. Participation on the one day LEGO®-based therapy training is sufficient to enable you to set up and implement LEGO®-Based Therapy in one of these settings. Click here for further details of training opportunities in the UK.
2018/2019 training dates
April 5th 2019: Birmingham (The Studio)
May 15th 2019: London (Unity Kitchen, Olympic Park)
June 12th 2019: London (Unity Kitchen, Olympic Park)
June 14th 2019: Glasgow (City centre, venue to be confirmed)