LEGO THERAPYBenefits of Logo Therapy

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Joint attention
  • Task focus
  • Sharing and turn-taking
  • Collaborative problem-solving

Logo therapy is a social development program which helps children and young people with autism spectrum disorders and related social communication difficulties. The program is based on the highly structured, systematic and predictable nature of bricks building play which makes it appealing to children with social communication difficulties.

Lego therapy is a multi-sensory and versatile experience, which means it can be tailored to suit each child’s individual needs.

  • Each child learns a clear set of rules and bricks building skills.
  • They are then introduced to a group of other children, including some who do not have social skills difficulties
  • Each child is assigned a role for the project. Roles are rotated throughout therapy.
  • The group works together to build the bricks building structure.

Adults Roles

As the adult you will have to oversee the session and make sure the agreed upon rules are being followed, adults can intervene and support positive interactions, provide prompts to keep the group on track and suggest compromises to please everyone.

Lego therapy results in better communication skills for children with autism and other social communication disorders. The specific type of play therapy also improves children’s abilities to change their behavior, understand and talk about their feelings, solve problems and learn about the world in which they live.

Outcomes

LEGO therapy is not static and can be adapted to suit the needs of the children you work, for example if the child is finding the Lego set tricky use Mr. Potato Head: The principles are the same: the children need to follow a set of instructions in a particular order to reach an end result.

Your enthusiasm and encouragement are what makes Lego session so successful.

ATTENTION ACTIVITIES STAGE 2

Rainbow Sponge Painting

Items needed:

  • Shower curtain
  • Paper
  • Sponge
  • Coloured paints
  1. Put blobs of the different coloured paint on the sponge in the order of the rainbow.
  2. Move the sponge across the paper, leaving the rainbow painting behind.

Water Gun Painting

Items needed:

  • Shower Curtain
  • Paper
  • Water guns/spay bottles filled with watered down paint.
  1. Put the shower curtain on the floor
  2. Hang the piece of paper so it is vertical (e.g. tape it to the top of a table).
  3. Squirt the different coloured paint at the top of the paper and watch it run down.

Melting Snowman

Items needed:

  • Shower curtain
  • Black paper
  • Baking powder
  • Cup
  • Beads/buttons/string for eyes/nose/mouth
  • Vinegar
  • Pipette/dropper
  1. Pack the baking power into the cup and turn out onto the black paper (like making a sandcastle).
  2. Add eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Use pipette to collect vinegar and drip it onto the snowman.
  4. The snowman will bubble and melt.

Wax Painting

Items needed:

  • Shower curtain
  • White paper
  • White crayon
  • Watered down coloured paints in spray bottles/ cups with paintbrush
  1. Make marks/draw a picture on the white paper with the white crayon.
  2. Spay or paint the paper- the drawing or marks will show through.

Dropper Painting

Items needed:

  • Shower curtain
  • White tissue paper
  • Watered down paint in cups
  • Pipette/dropper
  1. Use the pipette/dropper to draw a coloured paint out of the pot.
  2. Drop it onto the tissue paper
  3. Repeat with different colours.

Slinky Splat

Items needed:

  • Shower curtain
  • White paper
  • Tubs of different coloured paint
  • 2 Slinkys
  1. Dip the slinky into a tub of a coloured paint.
  2. Hold the slinky up and let it go so that it bounces onto the paper.
  3. Repeat with different colours.

Swinging Bottle

Items needed:

  • Shower curtain
  • Black paper
  • Bottle with a hole in the bottom and string attached to the top
  • Watered down paint
  1. Pour the paint into the bottle, covering the hole at the bottom.
  2. Gently swing the bottle by the string and watch the paint fall.
  3. Can make shapes or numbers from the falling paint.
  4. Can be repeated with different colours of paint.

Fireworks in a jar

Items needed:

  • Shower curtain
  • Glass jar
  • Bowl
  • Cooking oil
  • Food colouring (different colours)
  • Warm water
  1. Fill your jar with warm water.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 3-4 tablespoons of oil and several drops of different colours of food colouring.  Use a fork to gently mix the oil and food colouring together. 
  3. Pour the oil mixture into the jar of warm water.
  4. Watch the explosion of color as the food coloring slowly sinks out of the oil and into the water. Be ready, because it is over in just a few minutes as it continues to expand and mix.

Foam Squish

Items needed:

  1. Sandwich zip up bags
  2. Black paper
  3. Shaving foam
  4. Different colours of paint in squeezy bottles
  1. Place black paper down.
  2. Open a row of bags and place down on paper.
  3. Go along in a line and squirt shaving foam in each bag.
  4. Then go along the line and squirt in different paint into each bag.
  5. Zip them up and admire them and then squash to admire mix of foam and paint.