LEGO-based Therapy is a social development intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The goals of LEGO Therapy for such children are to:
improve their motivation to initiate social contact with peers
improve their ability to sustain interaction with peers for a period of time
overcome their autistic symptoms of aloofness and rigidity.
Read more in this article by Ashley Green and Jenny Smart, published in HispaBrick Issue 21.
See also the Social Skills Network article on this site.
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I'm a teacher in Tasmania, Australia, and have been using LEGO MINDSTORMS with my students since 2001. I'm the editor in chief for LEGO Engineering (this site) as well as the content editor for LEGO Education Australia (LEGOeducation.com.au).