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LEGO®-Based Therapy

How to build social competence through LEGO®-based Clubs for children with autism and related conditions
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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 behaviour, 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.
  • Published: Jun 21 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857009609
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Press Reviews

  • Lynn Koegel, PhD, Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

    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.
  • Professor Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

    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®.
  • Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology, and Director, Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT

    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.
  • Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

    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.
  • Action for Aspergers

    The book on LEGO-Based Therapy defines a particular therapeutic approach. It is a 'social development programme' according to its authors, and its aim is to provide a social development intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASCs). It is a 'collaborative therapy in which children work together to build LEGO models'... LEGO-Based Therapy teaches turn taking, sharing, making eye contact when needed and social rules adherence (using greetings)...Children are encouraged to swap roles and tasks and engage in intelligent conflict resolution and social problem solving with very little adult intervention.
  • Nicki Jennings, County Trainer

    SEBDA (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties)
    It goes on to give guidance on how to set up a group, the day to day running and resources, how to assess pupils suitability, assessing progress as well as the environment. The book contains templates to use to support your LEGO® groups as well as great tips... I found the book incredibly useful and more accessible than the LEGO® therapy manual. As county trainer it is a book I regularly recommend to all the schools I support in setting up LEGO® based interventions as their go to guide.
  • Gemma Roxanne West, Student Play Therapist

    BAPT - Play Therapy
    This book is primarily a manual for those wishing to set up a LEGO-based club with comprehensive information and resources for each step. It also details research regarding LEGO building as a useful medium for social development... This book also makes interesting reading for anyone concerned with building social competence in children with autism and related conditions since it clearly demonstrates, both through research and anecdotal accounts, ways in which this can be achieved...
  • Sarah Combe, teacher and Senco

    Special Children
    LEGO®-Based Therapy is a social development intervention for children with autism. It has been specifically designed to focus on these children's strengths in a social context and to make learning fun. This well-researched book is for professionals working with children on the autism spectrum or any child who needs to improve their social communication skills... The basic idea is that children work together in a group to put lego sets together. This encourages skill such as social communication, social support, social problem solving and conflict resolution skills... The authors have outlined effective strategies to do this, and highlighted some ineffective ones to avoid.
  • Miranda Andras, specialist teacher for children with autism spectrum conditions

    GAP - Good Autism Practice
    This is the long awaited manual, which clearly outlines the delivery and rationale for the use of LEGO®-Based Therapy to support pupils with autism spectrum disorders or related conditions in developing their social interaction skills. written by the pioneer of the approach, Dr. Daniel B LeGoff... the authors ... offer advice on the selection and storage of materials..., positive behaviour management... the book will prove to be an invaluable guide to practitioners, ranging from child, clinical and educational psychologists to teachers, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists who wish to set up their own LEGO®-Based Therapy.