Lego therapy offered to children with autism

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-28698819
7 August 2014 Last updated at 20:58 BST

Lego is being used as an alternative therapy to help children with autism and learning difficulties.

Specialists from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust have been showing parents how the bricks can be used to help children develop speaking and listening skills.

BBC London's Rebecca Williams spoke to parent Johanna Cordery and speech and language therapist Nicola Spray.
I give up, I really do! This is a classic case of the Medical Model. Most people would just call it 'Play'.
Having another 'discussion' on a Downs List about 'dolphin therapy' which basically means blowing $5,000 for eight or ten half hour sessions in a pool with a captive wild animal that belongs in the sea. Having the same number of 1:1 sessions with a cat, rabbit or dog would be just as effective, but dolphins sound more exotic and 'a fool and his money are quickly parted' ...
Dolphins are our Roberts obsession, have been as far as I can remember. I looked at sites in England to view them, but naturally no guarantee you would see any.

These were the places given for best chance of seeing them

Durlston Head - Dorset, England
Prawle Point - Devon, England
Porthgwarra - Cornwall, England
Cardigan Bay - Cardigan, Wales
Moray Firth - Inverness, Scotland
Loch Gairloch - Wester Ross, Scotland
Chanonry Point - Black Isle, Scotland
My son with SLD had "Steam Therapy", 35 years later it's ongoing! I think that it's really important to treat "special" children as normally as possible. None of us know what are children are capable of until they try something, and that applies to all abilities. As I write this M. is sat on his garden tractor mowing the lawn for me. His tractor was bought new 17 years ago, and it's in lovely condition - when most that age have gone the the scrapman.
Scally wrote:I give up, I really do! This is a classic case of the Medical Model. Most people would just call it 'Play'.
Having another 'discussion' on a Downs List about 'dolphin therapy' which basically means blowing $5,000 for eight or ten half hour sessions in a pool with a captive wild animal that belongs in the sea. Having the same number of 1:1 sessions with a cat, rabbit or dog would be just as effective, but dolphins sound more exotic and 'a fool and his money are quickly parted' ...
Got to agree with you on this one Rob. Ludicrous. "Specialists" indeed. I wonder how the idea behind all this cack ever came to fruition, not to mention the funding and wages.. There is a dire shortage of SALT's in the community, often long waiting lists to see someone and as an ex-resident of The London Borough of Lambeth (St Thomas', can you hear me?), I now know why.

They were too busy playing with their bricks. :mad:
We spent an age trying to engage my son in Lego, what a waste of time, he absolutely hates it, but it did help with communication in so much as the quickest and clearest "No" the minute he seen the Lego set being brought to the table :lol:
Vicky wrote:We spent an age trying to engage my son in Lego, what a waste of time, he absolutely hates it, but it did help with communication in so much as the quickest and clearest "No" the minute he seen the Lego set being brought to the table :lol:
Oh Vicky, that did make me laugh! I can just picture the scene. I taught S to use "no" for the first time, when he was little by offering him baked beans at meals. He has never been "into" Lego either.

This Lego therapy isn't new. There are even books on it!

I'm not sure if it's the article or the medical "experts" that are doing the misleading. If they were promoting the "approach" ie spend time on a shared activity with your child to improve their communication, cognition and social skills ... Then it would be more beneficial.

Melly1
hey guys autism can be counteracted using lego therapy if you havent already know.

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rosemary wrote:Dolphins are our Roberts obsession, have been as far as I can remember.
Have either of you seen Dolphin Tale, Rosemary? Lovely story, based on a true story. I think there's a sequel as well.

Gilli