Lego®-Based Therapy

to Build Social Skills for Children on the Autism Spectrum


Thursday 19th March 1.30 - 4.00



For mainstream and special schools


Lego® is a highly structured and systematic construction toy, meaning that children on the autism spectrum are likely to be motivated by tasks involving its use. This workshop will explore strategies that are indicated to support effective use of Lego®-based activities and identify how to set up and implement Lego®-based therapy for children on the autism spectrum and those with related social communication difficulties and anxiety conditions.

The therapy uses Lego® construction to encourage verbal and non-verbal communication, and social development such as joint attention, sharing, turn-taking and following social rules. The approach develops collaborative problem-solving and cooperative building with a group of peers, including some who do not have social skills deficits. Groups meet on a regular basis, and different responsibilities are assigned to group members who work as a team to assemble the project. Participants will explore the methods used, and be provided with guidance on monitoring and recording the impact of this approach.


Participants will gain:

  • understanding of how to implement Lego®-based therapy

  • awareness of the evidence to support its effectiveness in developing social skills

  • guidance on effective monitoring and recording of sessions and individual attainment


Course led by Iain Chatwin