This complete guide to LEGO Therapy contains everything you need to know in order to set up and run a LEGO Club for children with autism spectrum disorders or related social communication difficulties and anxiety conditions.
By providing a joint interest and goal, LEGO building can become a medium for social development such as sharing, turn-taking, making eye-contact, and following social rules. This book outlines the theory and research base of the approach and gives advice on all practical considerations including space, the physical layout of the room and choosing and maintaining materials, as well as strategies for managing behavior, further skill development, and how to assess progress.
Written by the pioneer of the approach alongside those who helped form it through their research and evaluation, this evidence-based manual is essential reading for professionals working with autism who are interested in running a LEGO Club or learning more about the therapy.
"The best kind of therapy is when it's so much fun that the child doesn't know it's happening. LEGO-Based Therapy fits that bill. The authors have left no stone unturned in developing a systematic social intervention. They provide a comprehensive, step-by-step program with documented improvements in social competence."--Lynn Koegel, PhD, Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
"Everyone loves LEGO - including children on the autism spectrum. But did you know that through playing with LEGO in a social setting you can draw out autistic children's hidden ability to cooperate with others? Here is a practical guide to making players come together and create together by the sheer magic of LEGO."--Professor Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London.
"A marvellous book that focuses on using a frequent interest as a way of access. It will be of interest to parents and educators alike."--Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, and Director, Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT.
"LEGO pieces can be used to construct models, but can also be used to construct social skills. LEGO-based Clubs will become increasingly popular with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition as an enjoyable social activity that is actually therapeutic.--Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome.
144 pages. 2014