Autism Awareness

October 29, 2016 12:03 am
Updated: November 17, 2016 12:28 pm

LEGO therapy introduced to Abbotsford children with autism

Lego therapy for children on the autism spectrum is spreading around the world. Catherine Urquhart reports.

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A new therapy is being introduced to Fraser Valley children who are on the autism spectrum. It’s called LEGO therapy.

Every week, half a dozen kids gather in Abbotsford for the play therapy. Behavior Consultant Kelly MacGregor manages the group and says the much-loved plastic building blocks are used for “teaching skills like taking turns, sharing, conversation skills, that kind of thing.”

LEGO therapy for autism is becoming popular around the world, from Iceland to the Unites States and England.

MacGregor says kids love it and their progress is being monitored, noting “we’ll collect data on things like on topic comments, things like greeting peers, greeting adults.”

The LEGO therapy is also helping kids improve their manual dexterity, creativity and to build friendships.

This popular toy, now also making life better for children on the autism spectrum.

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