AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Autism is a complex neuro-developmental disorder, marked by multiple symptoms that include a typicalities in:

  • Social interactions (i.e. people with autism would often find it difficult to understand others’ mental states and emotions, and respond accordingly)
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Repetitive behaviour (i.e. people with autism might repeat certain words or actions over and over, usually in a grid rule – governed manner).

– National Autistic Society

Autism is complex and is in general diagnosed by a paediatrician. If a child receives a diagnosis, this is a lifelong condition, and means they may experience difficulties in three areas, the so called Triad of Differences or Impairment

  • Communication
  • Thought and Behaviour
  • Social Interaction

“Autism is complex and is in general diagnosed by a paediatrician. If a child receives a diagnosis, this is a lifelong condition, and means they may experience difficulties in three areas, the so called Triad of Differences or Impairment”

Lego Based Therapy for ASD

LEGO-Based Therapy is a collaborative play therapy in which children work together to build LEGO models. It was initially developed for improving social competence in children with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Instead of building LEGO sets by themselves, children work in pairs or teams of three or more, The task of LEGO building is divided into different but interdependent roles, such that interaction and both verbal and nonverbal communication are necessitated by participation in the activity.

Key social experiences such as collaboration, joint attention, joint accomplishment, division of labor, sharing, turn-taking, eye-contact, gaze-following, verbal communication and nonverbal communication are emphasised and coached by the LEGO-Based Therapy staff, while members focus on the joint creative process.