LEGO has been a fun part of childhood for decades, but the last 15 years have seen the bright, colourful bricks emerge as a therapy tool. Here’s what you need to know about LEGO Club, including what it involves and how it can help children with social challenges and communication difficulties build effective social skills within a safe environment and in a really fun format!
We are offering this group to children aged between 8-14 years old, and will be organising groups based on age and skill level.
We are planning on offering several group formats:
- An intensive group over 3 consecutive days in the July school holidays and
- A longer 5-week program throughout Term 3.
How does it work?
Each session starts with informal greetings and a reminder of the rules, and ends with some free LEGO play time for further developing relationships, creativity and play skills.
The children are given specific jobs in the building task and work together to complete their goal of a finished model. They are:
- Engineer – reads the instructions and gives directions to the others
- Parts supplier –sorts through and finds the right bricks for the builder
- Builder – puts the bricks together according to the directions.
And together they build the model!
What are the advantages?
LEGO Club is used to teach children skills like turn-taking, sharing, listening, conversation, teamwork, shared attention, problem solving, self-regulation, encouragement, patience and how to see different perspectives.
Children learn best with their peers and are more likely to interact with each other through collaborative play. The shared focus on building uses children’s strengths and helps them practice social and communication skills while having fun.
Sessions are facilitated by therapist(s) with an understanding of working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or developmental or social skills difficulties to help support skills such as sharing, turn-taking, collaboration, conflict resolution, and verbal and non-verbal communication.
Parents / carers will receive a summary from the Psychologist highlighting the child’s progress of social skills and any recommendations.
Next program dates will be announced soon.
Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic – 8, 72 Wises Rd Maroochydore
$90 per session
You may choose to pay privately for this service, or if you have NDIS funding you may use the funding allocated in your capacity building supports – improved daily living. Please note that when you enrol your child you are booking a place in the group. Your commitment to group membership depends on a therapist to child ratio so casual attendance is not available.