Lego® therapy is a social development program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other social communication difficulties. It uses children’s love of playing with Lego® to help them develop communication and social skills.
Lego® therapy is for children aged 6-16 years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other social communication difficulties.
Lego® therapy is used to teach children skills like turn-taking, sharing, listening, conversation, teamwork, shared attention and problem-solving.
Lego® therapy was developed in the early 2000s by Dan LeGoff, a clinical neuropsychologist in Philadelphia in the United States.
LeGoff noticed that many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more interested in interacting with each other if they were playing with Lego®. He set up groups for children with ASD to learn social skills while playing collaboratively with Lego®.
What is the idea behind Lego® therapy?
When children play with Lego®, they’re more likely to interact with each other through collaborative play. Children who might not be keen to go to a social group might go to a Lego® group, because they like building with Lego®. The shared focus on building helps children practise social skills while having fun.