When anyone mentions anything to do with Lego, it’s hard (even as adults) to not get excited! It is a favourite toy of many children and the possibilities of what you can make are endless. However, you may or may not be surprised to hear that our team of therapists often use Lego in their therapy sessions! In fact, using Lego bricks in speech and language therapy can really help to not only improve communication skills, but play and social skills too!
How do we use Lego in therapy?
Speech and language therapists run structured groups where children work in teams of three to build a Lego model. Each child is assigned a specific role:
- Engineer – The engineer has the instruction manual. It’s their job to use their descriptive skills to tell the Supplier which brick is needed. They also have an important role in telling the Builder how to put the Lego pieces together.
- Supplier – The supplier has the Lego bricks. They must listen carefully to the Engineer and choose the piece that is described.
- Builder – The builder has to listen carefully to the Engineer and build the model.
The idea behind this process is that the children are working together as a team to build a Lego model. They may not even be aware that they are working on their communication skills! Using Lego in therapy can be really beneficial for children with Autism and other social communication difficulties as it promotes positive, social interactions in a less pressurised way. However, it can also help children to develop a variety of other skills such as:
- Sharing and turn taking.
- Joint attention.
- Problem solving.
- Verbal and non-verbal communication.
- Play skills and imagination.
- Language relating to colours, concepts such as tall, short, big and small.
- Description skills.
Lego is not only versatile in relation to how many different things you can build, but also in the different ways it can be used to develop a wide range of communication skills! At Speech Therapy Specialists, we love to see children having fun during therapy sessions and this therapy approach is certainly a favourite. The team always enjoy using such a well-loved, classic toy with children to help improve communication, play and social skills.