Community helps build Lego program
With the support of local government and community organisations, Therapy Focus is continuing to build on the success of its popular Lego therapy program, which helps children and young people with disabilities develop their social skills.
North of the river, the City of Joondalup generously provided a $2000 grant to cover the cost of Lego and volunteers. In the south, Therapy Focus has partnered with The Brick House to host the program in Willetton.
The program encourages children to interact with each other in a structured setting using Lego. Participants learn the importance of team work and take on different roles in order to construct various Lego sets.
Therapy Focus Occupational Therapist, Natasha Maseyk runs the Joondalup program and says that evidence-based Lego therapy is an effective way to support the develop play and social skills.
“Lego therapy can help participants improve in areas such as verbal and non-verbal communication, joint attention, sharing, turn-taking and collaborative problem solving,” Natasha said.
In addition to funding for the Lego itself, partnerships with local organisations such as The Brick House support community participation and provide a welcoming venue for activities.
Therapy Focus Speech Pathologist, Claudette Brandis said the staff at The Brick House are also a great support to the therapists who facilitate the program, particularly in terms of their knowledge and resources.
“The Brick House team prepares specific Lego kits and projects that are suitable for each participant and helps them achieve certain goals. For example, using robotics technology to give some of our ‘engineers’ a more challenging role,” Claudette said.
Therapy Focus’ Lego program is available to children and young people accessing services. Find out how to access Therapy Focus services and support.
For more information about The Brick House visit www.thebrickhouse.com.au.