St Thomas youth develop social, emotional skills through Lego therapy Loop Jamaica

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The Lego Therapy Workbook launched by the UK children’s charity, Araba Scott Children’s Foundation aims to develop the social and emotional skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The workbook, which serves as a guide for anyone wishing to start their Lego Therapy Club, offers seven structured session plans, phrases to help children express their feelings, and printable guides.

The idea for the club and the workbook originated from the foundation’s work at a safe haven in St Thomas, Jamaica, where children aged between four and 17 have been enjoying their own Lego Club, building structures, dealing with conflict peacefully, making friendships, and learning to read and count.

Co-authored by Alicia Louise, the workbook’s content and design aim to reflect the unique and creative minds of all children, regardless of their background or experience.

“After the pandemic, we noticed a lot of children return to their learning, social and play environments with difficulties socialising or expressing themselves. These challenges already present children (and adults) with feelings of loneliness, insecurity and anxiety but are compounded for those with ASD. We know, The Lego Therapy Workbook can help improve social communication and give children a positive sense of self.”

The workbook aims to improve social communication and provide a positive sense of self for children with ASD who may struggle with socializing and expressing themselves.

It also provides parents, caregivers, teachers, and childcare establishments with the confidence to set up their own groups to support children and their families.

The Lego Club is not therapy, but it is therapeutic, bringing children from all backgrounds and abilities together to build tolerance and improve wellbeing, Louise added.