Hello everyone, it has been a while and i apologise for the lack of blogging that has been going on. I have been so busy with my studies and trying out new approaches that i have not had the time to complete and of my blog goals.
I PROMISE I WILL GET BETTER!!!! LOL.
So, recently in work I have been looking at a new approach to encourage development of speech and language for the children who require some support and I have recently participated in some training known as ”Lego therapy”.
How does Lego therapy work?
LEGO play is a multi-sensory and versatile experience, which means it can be tailored to suit each child’s individual needs. However, most LEGO therapy programmes are very similar and follow the same steps:
1. Each child learns a clear set of rules and LEGO building skills.
2. They are then introduced to a group of other children, including some who do not have social skill deficits
3. Everyone in the group agrees upon a project which is achievable for everyone involved – projects are usually certain structures or buildings to create.
4. Each child is assigned a role for the project. Roles are rotated throughout therapy.
5. The group works together to build the LEGO structure according to the principles of play therapy.
What are the rules?
LEGO therapy rules can be customised according to the abilities and skills of each individual. Common rules include:
• Structures must be built together by the group.
• If you break something, you have to fix it or ask for help to fix it.
• If another group member is using something and you want it, ask for it. Don’t just take it.
• Use quiet indoor voices without shouting.
• Use kind and polite words.
• Keep your hands and your feet to yourself.
• Do not put LEGO bricks in your mouth.
• At the end, tidy everything away and put it back where it came from.
The roles of Lego club
• Engineer: oversees the design and ensures the instructions are followed.
• Builder: puts the bricks together.
• Supplier: keeps track of which size, shape and colour bricks are needed and passes them to the builder.
When it comes to the adult’s role in Lego club it is extremely important that you are there as a facilitator and offer little support (only support if it is vital)
In my experience I have seen this approach build children’s confidence in small groups as well as build on the communication. It is an beneficial experience for children who require more support for speech and language.
I could talk and talk all about this type of play and if that is a requirement then please feel free to contact me and I can discuss it further.
Thanks for reading!