We are pleased to share with you that four members of staff completed their Lego-Based Therapy training this week at school.
Mrs Meade, Miss Steward, Ms Collins and Ms Bullock are now accredited to deliver Lego-Based Therapy sessions to the children at Saxon Wood.
What is Lego-Based Therapy?
Lego-Based Therapy is a social development intervention that uses Lego activities to support the development of a wide range of social skills within a group setting.
Whilst it was initially developed for children with autism, Lego-Based Therapy has since been found to benefit children with a variety of communication and social development difficulties.
Children take it in turns to be either the Engineer, the Supplier or the Builder and they will work together collaboratively to create a finished Lego model.
What are the benefits of Lego-Based Therapy?
Lego-Based Therapy promotes social interaction, turn-taking skills, sharing, collaborative problem-solving and the learning of concepts. It can be used to target goals around social skills, language and motor skills. By using a commonly adored tool like Lego it capitalises on its existing motivation and supports self-esteem by allowing the children to demonstrate their skills in a social situation. It also sets up a positive opportunity for guided social problem-solving to help develop social skills that can then be used in other situations.
Autistic children sometimes find it challenging to understand what is expected of them in a social situation, particularly within unstructured play activities. LEGO-Based Therapy provides a highly structured environment where everyone plays a specific role within the group. This can help children to feel calm and relaxed as they are doing something that they enjoy and know precisely what to expect and what is expected of them.
Lego-Based Therapy at Saxon Wood
We will be running a 30 minute Lego-Based Therapy sessions each week for two groups of children. Each session will have the same 3 children attending the group for the duration of the programme and this will last for approximately 6 - 8 weeks.