What is the Brick-by-Brick™ programme?
Brickx Clubs take a child-led approach which means they can be extremely flexible and tailored to the person’s strengths, interests and needs. They include team-based activities where you work together to build a LEGO® model, taking turns to play different roles (called the Engineer, Supplier and Builder) until the model is built. Brick Club members play a leading role in the activities that happen in the session, deciding on who does which job, what model is made and when to take turns. Another option is freestyle building, where pairs or small teams can design and create their own models together. For more advanced LEGO builders, there’s also the opportunity to create stop-motion animations and work on coding and programming LEGO activities.
What happens in Brickx-based therapy sessions?
LEGO®-based therapy sessions are really flexible. The main aim is to encourage children to collaborate with each other. This means the type of activity you engage in is less important than the adult facilitating the collaborative play between the young people.
Initially, children can be assigned different roles to build a kit following the instructions. Whilst everyone can see the picture, each child has a different job to do:-
Children have to talk to each other and interact to get the model built. You can get the children to take it in turns to do the different jobs, so everyone gets a turn within the model.
Moving on, children can design and build their own creations together (“freestyle” building), or make stop-action movies, make stories and so on. LEGO®-therapy is more than just three people building together!
Common "LEGO® therapy" Misconceptions
In developing training courses in LEGO®-based therapy/ LEGO® therapy, I’ve come across several common misconceptions about the approach.
No! Actually, everyone is allowed to see the picture, to enable more joint attention and collaboration and helping each other. Having said that, many speech and language therapists have adapted the approach so that only one child gets to see the instructions, like a barrier game. This has anecdotally helped children to improve their speech and language, particularly positional words. But it’s hard, and you need more visual supports. The goals of therapy are different.
No, it’s definitely best to get children to switch roles frequently so they all get a go at building and don’t get bored.
Actually you can do it with any number, and in fact there are more chances for social interaction, the more children there are!