Our project, ‘Building Skills’ through Lego Therapy is delivered to anyone aged 6 and above to develop social communications, teamwork, concentration, focus, verbal and non-verbal communication, fine motor skills, co-operation, negotiation, problem solving, patience and listening skills. Please refer to attached page for further information. This is a researched and accredited intervention tool adopted throughout the UK, please see attached information.
Lego Therapy includes 3 people per group taking a specific role; Engineer, Builder and Supplier. Children are encouraged to keep to their own role, all of which plays a significant role within the building of the model. It reminds children that everyone is important and working together achieves more. During the session, each child will take a turn in each role, developing a wide range of skills and demands that each brings.
We have 3 trained Lego Therapy practitioners who use it as a therapeutic intervention tool for specific clients (children, adults and families), of which staff funded themselves for training and accreditation. In addition, we have cascaded this knowledge, training and recruiting a team of 8 volunteers who support facilitation sessions for children, adolescents and adults. This has enabled us to vastly extend our service to deliver a social programme to reduce social isolation and increase support networks for vulnerable members in our community. The majority of our clients engaging on the social programme have specific needs around low confidence, mental health needs, attachment disorder, social and emotional difficulties, ADHD or Autism and Asperges.
This programme has given the individuals a sense of value, worth, belonging, security and confidence, for which there has been a ripple effect in other areas of their lives. What has been particularly noticeable is the impact of teamwork, in which individuals have forged friendships and reduced barriers to engaging, which has enabled us to work on emotional resilience, when previously, they have not engaged with other support services. This process has enabled individuals to feel safe, building a relationship of trust, thus, engaging in specific areas around mental health support. Lego Therapy is used widely in schools, however, we offer it as an out of school support programme, engaging children in their wider community.
Since launching this project in April, feedback and impact reports clearly demonstrate a reduction in social isolation, improved resilience, communication, understanding, problem solving and family co-operation. We have been delighted to see the impact on family relationships and indeed parental responses, in which Lego Therapy is proving to be a positive and strong family intervention tool.
The sessions are generally an hour long, which has enabled us to build skills and teamwork to complete one small model over 2 sessions. As groups progress, they graduate to build more complex and complicated models, which they work on each week, giving a greater sense of value and pride for their achievements.
We complete baseline measurement tools to monitor and evaluate impact for each individual. This is completed at the start and end of the programme and integrates feedback from key people in their life such as parents, peers and teachers. In addition, we complete our own baseline assessments and take feedback from children about their experience, as well as our own observations.