Dawn Ralph and Jacqui Rochester, co-authors of Building Language Using LEGO® Bricks, discuss the use of LEGO® as a powerful and fun intervention tool for helping children and adults with severe speech, language and communication disorders, often related to autism and other special educational needs.
This intervention has been used with a range of children and adults. As most of our clinical experience has been with children we have referred to participants in this article as ‘the child’ or ‘children’. However, we have trained professionals who have used this approach with adults.
Building Language using LEGO® Bricks– a practical guide evolved from our attempts to implement LEGO-Based Therapy (LeGoff et al 2014) with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). We soon discovered that we needed to make significant adaptions to allow this client group to access it successfully. Dr LeGoff, in his original research, invited extensions of his approach. We decided to take up the challenge. Continue reading