LEGO Therapy – Offering Endless Possibilities of Developing Communication Skills
Lack of social and communication skills can be noticed among children, especially those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or having communication difficulties in general. Various effective therapies have been invented and introduced in the past which have proved to be helpful in overcoming the difficulties faced by children.
In the words of Maria Montessori, the famous Italian physician and educator, “Play is the work of childhood”. Hence, what could be better than play therapies to help children with ASD learn the necessary skills for a hopeful future? One such effective Play Therapy is LEGO Therapy, which is a social development program that focuses on developing social and communication skills in children with ASD or any communication difficulties.
This therapy was coined by a clinical neuropsychologist, Dan LeGoff in Philadelphia, USA, in the early 2000s. It is ideal for children aged between 3 and 17 years old. Children are engaged in building activities in group sessions, where they are assigned specific roles: architect, supplier and builder. They work together to build a model with Lego bricks by following certain instructions. Through activities like playing with Lego, children develop various skills like verbal and non-verbal communication skills, fine motor skills, analytical skills, focusing on tasks, sharing, teamwork, listening, conversing, turn-taking, joint problem-solving, etc.
LEGO Therapy is a fun way to build interest and develop the essential skills in children encouraging them to work together towards a common goal. This speech therapy program brings to them numerous opportunities for observation, experimentation, imagination, physical activities and social interaction. During the sessions, the speech therapists use different techniques to bring in new challenges for the children to accomplish. This therapy has a number of behavioural and developmental approaches by means of which the youngsters are motivated to achieve their shared goals.
At Hope AMC, LEGO Therapy is offered to help children learn and develop skills through playful activities.