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LEGO Wellbeing @ Ysgol Hen Felin

Enhancing social competence through LEGO

"We were absolutely thrilled with the changes we had seen from the pupils who had taken part in the LEGO Therapy programme with the Big Learning Companyā€¯

The aim of the LEGO Wellbeing is to improve social competence in children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASC), Aspergers and communicational difficulties. When being a part of a LEGO therapy session individuals take part in 2 main stages, these are Set Building and Freestyle Building. The set building allows instructions to be followed, explained and problems to be solved and addressed. The freestyle building allows natural conversations and team work to be explored. 

We ran weekly sessions in a Special Educational Needs school, Ysgol Hen Felin through the course of 1 year. 3 children were involved in LEGO Wellbeing (therapy) every Friday for an hour. From the initial assessment, it was apparent that all 3 individuals had low levels of confidence, were reluctant to work as part of a team and had trouble with problem solving and making decisions. Communication was also an area to improve by doing this in a calm and effective manner. We found that all 3 individuals would benefit greatly from the sessions as these were areas for improvement.

One important outcome of LEGO Wellbeing is the bond and relationship the group have formed. It has allowed them all to gain more confidence, communicate with each other and other pupils outside of the sessions and gain more experience in collaboration and team work. 

The results of LEGO Wellbeing voiced by the class teacher is that during the first 6 months “Communication has definitely improved, there is an increase in sharing ideas and thoughts a lot more with peers whilst collaborating on a tasks…It's all great progress and lovely to see!” At the end of the year the class teacher reported that “throughout the project, we saw huge differences in the pupils both during these sessions, but also in class during structured work activities and during their break and social times…we were absolutely thrilled with the changes we had seen from the pupils who had taken part in the LEGO Therapy programme with the Big Learning Company”.

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