Start: 9:00 am, Friday 10 November 2023
End: 3:45 pm, Friday 10 November 2023
Location: Auckland, Auckland
Developed by Daniel Le-Goff and Simon Baron- Cohen, LEGO-Based Therapy has been successfully replicated across the world and fits well into the New Zealand and Australian context. It is an excellent therapy model for clinicians and professionals with existing skills and knowledge in group theory, clinical reasoning and Autism.
The facilitator Elen Nathan will introduce delegates to the background of LEGO-Based Therapy and how to run LEGO-Based Therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum. Importance is placed on hands on practice and the adult facilitator’s role in LEGO-Based Therapy. Step-by-step instructions on how to run successful groups in order to promote social skills and collaborative play through a naturalistic setting will be provided. Printable resources will also be provided so delegates can start running LEGO-Based Therapy groups after completing the workshop.
It is an excellent therapy model for clinicians and professionals with existing skills and knowledge in group theory, clinical reasoning and Autism, including Psychologists, Counsellors, Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, clinical and allied staff, teaching assistants, key workers, SENCOs, occupational therapists.
Through the generous support from The Warehouse, each attendee will be able to purchase Lego at a significantly discounted rate to set up their school or organisation's own Therapy Group kit.
Feedback from a participant:
"LEGO - Based Therapy Facilitator Training with Elen Nathan is a must for autistic people wanting to learn to support other autistic people, especially young people. This was the first non autistics-for-autistics space I have ever been in where the facilitator spoke our language, articulated our cultural understanding and had thrown every stereotype about autistics away. This isn't just Lego-therapy facilitator training. It is a safe place for autistics. It is the kind of experience every autistic person deserves to have. It is where I got to hear that the non-autistic community can and does get it, that our gifts and our right to self-determination and leadership are understood and that there is huge room for hope. For once, as an autistic public speaker and educator, I heard the understanding I strive to create in society coming back at me from a non-autistic person in a public forum. I can't describe that feeling. I had no idea how tired I was of being a rare voice". Annie Southern, PhD.
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