What is LEGO Therapy?
LEGO therapy has been proven to be an effective way for children to develop turn taking, persistance and problem solving and to practice their social interaction and communication skills. Improvements in social skills enable our children to sustain lasting friendships and reach their highest potential.
How does LEGO Therapy work?
Children come together during sessions and they focus on collaborative LEGO building projects to prompt interaction among the children and help them come up with their own solutions. Children are required to work well together to achieve the end goal – the final LEGO model!
The different roles
Children work in groups of three, each with a distinct role. They are usually required to keep to their assigned roles for the duration of a session, but take it in turns to play the different roles from one session to the next.
The Architect holds the building instructions, and is responsible for letting the others know which bricks are required (supplier) and how to put them together (builder).
The Supplier holds the LEGO bricks necessary to assemble the LEGO model, and is responsible for supplying the builder with the correct pieces and at the correct time.
The Builder is responsible for taking the individual pieces from the supplier, and putting the pieces together, according to the instructions given by the architect, to create the model.
The team works together to assemble the LEGO project: joint focus, sharing, problem-solving, close collaboration and communication amongst the children naturally reinforces social contact and good behaviour.
During LEGO therapy sessions, social conventions can be directly instructed or prompted, based on the needs of the children. For example, if two children are physically fighting over a LEGO brick, the adult can redirect the peers to use language, negotiation, and compromise to settle their dispute. Emphasis is placed on promoting positive social behaviour.