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Lego- Based Therapy Workshop

Professional development (PD) Bay of Plenty

Posted: 25 March 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9sTD

Building Social Skills for Children on the Autistic Spectrum and those with Social and Emotional Conditions.

Lego® is a highly structured and systematic construction toy, meaning children on the autism spectrum are likely to be motivated by its use. The workshop will explore strategies that are indicated to support effective use of Lego®- based activities and identify how to set up and implement Lego®- based therapy for children on the spectrum and those with related social communication difficulties and anxiety conditions.

The therapy uses Lego® construction to encourage verbal and non-verbal communication, and social development such as joint attention, sharing, turn-taking and following social rules. The approach develops collaborative problem-solving and cooperative building with a group of peers, including individuals who do not have social skills deficits. Participants will explore the methods used and be provided with guidance on monitoring and recording the impact of this approach.

Kerie draws upon over 12 years experience of working with children and young adults with  autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, downs syndrome and other conditions ranging from those with complex learning difficulties and disabilities to those studying for NCEA. With a Masters degree in Autism and special needs (Lego® – based therapy) she has worked in schools, residential settings and has led training for professionals and parents for over 7 years.

Participants will gain:

  • Understanding of how to implement Lego® – based therapy
  •  Awareness of the evidence to support its effectiveness in developing social skills
  •  Guidance on delivery, setting up effective groups.
  • Guidance on effective monitoring and recording of sessions and individual attainment.
  • How to individualise Lego for your learners. 

Date: Wednesday 24 April.

Venue: Tauranga Special School.

Time: 9.30am–12.30pm.

Cost: $85. 

Other training dates available on request

Events summary

Bay of Plenty

24 April 2019 – 24 April 2019

Further information

Contact: Kerie Richardson

 (021) 559 363

kerier@taurangaspecialschool.nz