LEGO-based therapy is a social development programme which helps learners with autism and related social communication difficulties. The programme is based on the highly structured, systematic and predictable nature of LEGO play which makes it appealing to learners with social communication difficulties who are particularly attracted to systems.
LEGO therapy involves building Lego models in small groups or pairs where the learners take on different roles and work together. They are encouraged to practice turn taking, sharing, joint problem solving and general social communication skills. Learners would take on one of the following roles;
Architect - this learner has the set of directions and initially has to request the bricks required from the 'supplier' and then direct the 'builder' to make the finished product.
Supplier - has the lego bricks and supplies the 'builder' with the required items on request.
Builder - is given a set of bricks and follows the instructions given in order to create the product.