Many people are using brick-based therapy for many different purposes in occupational and speech. LEGO® bricks are offer a great way to help children develop many skills. The truth is though, some people are confused by what exactly LEGO Therapy entails, the impact it has and how to implement it. LEGO Therapy, however, is a specific therapy program developed with the intention of aiding special needs children in development of social and communication skills.
What is LEGO Therapy?
LEGO Therapy is used as a social development program. This program aids children and other young individuals who have atypical neural development. It is used for people who have difficulties such as, sensory processing disorder, language disorders, autism spectrum disorder and other related social communication difficulties such as Asperger’s Syndrome.
Based on systematic, highly structured, yet predictable elements, LEGO therapy is appealing to children that have social communication difficulties. This is especially true if they are attracted to play-based learning. This may also mean that it can benefit those that are gifted learners, or others that struggle with social interaction.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide medical or therapeutic advice, your doctor and therapist should be your source for prescribed therapy programs. You should always follow all the precautions your doctor or therapists provides. I am not trained in occupational, speech, or other types of professional therapies. Information and resources shared in this post are shared based upon personal research completed by myself and my team. For more precise information, and therapy assistance consult a professionally trained therapist in LEGO Therapy techniques.
LEGO Therapy boasts many benefits to children who have difficulties forming social relationships.
Through LEGO therapy, kids of all ages and stages can learn to express their feelings, communicate with others, change their behavior, develop problem-solving skills and learn to develop a relationship with the world around them.
Books for LEGO Therapy
- LEGO-Based Therapy by Simon Baron-Cohen, Georgina Gomez De La Cuesta, Daniel B. LeGoff, and GW Krauss
- Thera-Build with LEGO: A Playful Therapeutic Approach for Promoting Emotional Well-Being in Children by Alyson Thomsen
- How LEGO®-Based Therapy for Autism Works: Landing on My Planet by Daniel B. LeGoff
8 Online Resources About LEGO Therapy
There are several amazing online resources that can be found to help teach you more about LEGO Therapy. If you are seeking an in-depth look at how LEGO therapy works, who it benefits, how to implement it and more, these resources can provide you with the insight you need. Not only will they give you the information you seek, but some of them will help to direct you on how to put these LEGO therapy techniques into play.
- LEGO Therapy Training Courses – Bricks for Autism
- LEGO Therapy by Hannah Coles at We Love Bricks
- How LEGO Therapy Can Help Children With Special Needs – The Friendship Circle
- Lego Therapy Resource Pack from TES.com
- LEGO Therapy – The Wacky Warehouse
- LEGO Therapy from Send Success.
- Developing Social Skills And Language Through Lego Therapy at Wakefield Traded Services
- LEGO Therapy for Children with Autism – Verywell Health
These online resources are a great way to learn more about LEGO Therapy. If you are interested in learning more about how LEGO therapy can benefit your child, these resources should provide you with the answers you are seeking. But remember, all therapeutic therapies should be under the care and supervision of trained therapists.
This site, The Star Institute, has great information about finding the right occupational therapist for your child.
Do you have a child who is doing LEGO Therapy for social integration? I’d love to know how it’s working for them. Share your story in the comment area below.
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