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Nurture Support

At Stoke Gabriel Primary School our trained LEGO® therapists deliver high quality sessions for children who may experience some social communication difficulties as part of our Quality First Teaching provision. Much more than simply playing with LEGO bricks, LEGO based therapy includes the presence of staff (therapist) who guides the children and encourages them to address and resolve their problems. Through LEGO based therapy, children can learn to communicate with others, express their feelings, change their behaviour, develop problem-solving skills and develop a relationship with the world around them.

What is LEGO Therapy?

  • A structured play activity
  • There are three roles (Architect, Supplier, Builder)
  • Children work together (with an adult to facilitate)
  • An intrinsically motivating activity

Working together to construct a model allows children to practice:

  • Listening and shared attention
  • Sharing and turn taking
  • Co-operation and collaborative problem solving
  • Understanding and following instructions
  • Understanding and using language concepts
  • Giving directions, description and explanations
  • Independence skills – monitoring understanding and seeking clarification

Evidence shows that with weekly small groups there is significant improvement in:

  • Eye contact during free play
  • Less rigid, repetitive behaviour and interests
  • Significant differences between before and after the groups
  • Significant improvement in ratings of ‘social development’
  • Positive social behaviour