Incursions for Children with special needs
Benefits of LEGO® Play for Children with Autism
We are only just beginning to understand the value of LEGO® based therapy for children with Autism. Studies have shown that LEGO® provides the platform for easier engagement for the child which in turn allows them to open the circle of communication readily.
LEGO® blocks offer a highly routine, repetitive, structured form of play that many children with autism find appealing. By engaging in activities that work off their strengths, this builds their confidence. Therefore they are more likely to participate in behaviours that are often challenging for children with autism like creativity, imaginative play and socialization.
One of the challenges often faced by those with Autism or other ASDs is troublesome fine motor skills. The child is so engaged playing with LEGO® their motor skills improve significantly without even specifically trying to teach them to improve their dexterity.
Research conducted at the University of Cambridge concluded children with autism and Asperger Disorder showed an improvement in social skills as a result of LEGO® Brick play. This leads to better engagement with their peers, which transfers to other settings.
We are witnessing first hand the high engagement levels in children with Autism and ASD at our Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® workshops and classes. They are displaying social and collaborative skills with other children in an environment they are comfortable with and displaying behaviours which are absent in school classrooms.
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