2022 Workshops - Wellington - Auckland - Christchurch

What is LEGO-Based Therapy?

LEGO-Based therapy is a evidence based social skills program developed for people on the Autism Spectrum by Daniel Le-Goff and Simon Baron- Cohen. It 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. 

This therapy model coaches group participants to work as a team, using LEGO in a structured way to achieve an outcome together as a group. The intrinsic value of LEGO for the participants means that motivation and volition is naturally high, so learning of the social skills is accelerated. Research has also shown the skills learned in the group naturally transfer well to other settings such as from the clinic setting to the home. 

Elen Nathan is an Occupational Therapist who has specialised in Sensory Modulation and Autism. This full day workshop also includes how to structure a group using group theory, with tips and tools around using LEGO for sensory regulation so the sensory needs of the group are met first to ensure all participants are regulated and organised, enabling them to participate in the group to their full capacity. 

Generous support from The Warehouse

All who attend the workshop will receive a significant discount to set up their school or organisation's own workshop kit. We encourage you to take advantage of this offer.

Learning Outcomes:

This workshop is ideal for people working with individuals on the autism spectrum who want to set up and facilitate LEGO-Based Therapy groups.

Elen 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. Provided will be step-by-step instructions how to run successful groups in order to promote social skills and collaborative play through a naturalistic setting. Printable resources will also be provided so delegates can start running LEGO-Based Therapy groups after completing the workshop.

What others have said about Elen's presentations

"Elen's presentations are always clear and informative. Elen clearly highlights key take-home messages and she often uses different mediums to enhance meanings to her lectures. "   -School Physiotherapist. 

Elen is an engaging, authentic and knowledgeable presenter who took the participants on a learning journey, though excellent slides, evidence based information, experience as a professional and parent and relevant, meaningful video clips”. Wendy - Child Development and Movement Consultant. 

"Elen shared her extensive knowledge through a lively presentation keeping the audience engaged. Warm and approachable, her sharing of personal anecdotes kept it very real for the audience and they connected to this and to Elen herself! We have had immediate requests to run another session with Elen!"

Young Participant Testimonials LEGO- Based Therapy

I wish I could come to LEGO club everyday.” 

I think this is where I belong.”

I love it here, everyone in the club is pretty cool - we talk the same” 



The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

The LEGO Therapy workshop is also part of the Grow Skills Toolbox professional development events.


We appreciate the support of Imagination Station with the Christchurch workshop.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is suitable for Psychologists, Counsellors, Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, clinical and allied staff, teaching assistants, key workers, SENCOs, occupational therapists.

About the Presenter:

Elen Nathan

Elen Nathan is a NZ registered Occupational Therapist in Napier and is currently studying post-grad in Ayres Sensory Integration. With 20 years experience in NZ and abroad working with children and adults who have diverse needs, she has specialised in Autism Spectrum Disorder which has led her to work in peak body organisations including Autism New Zealand, The National Autistic Society (UK) and Autism Victoria (AUS).

Elen is passionate about working with neuro-diverse children to build their self-esteem and self- worth through understanding themselves better, the intrinsic strengths they have, and the gifts they have to offer the world.  

As the Mum of 2 busy young boys, they have taught her that often children come with their own plan and need an understanding team in their corner coaching them through life's challenges. 

Dates & Locations

Christchurch

Friday,  26 November 2021

Venue
Tūranga, Christchurch City Libraries
60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

Please be aware that you will be seated in groups of 3 per table and this is an interactive workshop.

Parking
Christchurch City Council Parking Options Map - Please note that most is paid parking.

26 November - Workshop times - 9.30am - 3.45pm, with Registration with Welcome tea & coffee from 9.00am

Wellington

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Venue
Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington (formally the CQ Hotel)
213-223 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Parking
There is limited car parking available at the Hotel for $15.00 a day. Please enquire at the Hotel reception upon your arrival. Alternatively, there is paid on-street parking, or a paid Wilson's carparking building on Marion Street

Workshops run 9.00am - 3.30pm, with Registration and Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am

Covid 19 Alert level changes

We are actively following Ministry of Health advice relating to COVID-19 levels and our team will contact those registered for events which may have changes in delivery.

Please be aware of our Cancellation Terms below if a change is required from a face-face event to the workshop being delivered online.

Further Details

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Morning tea and lunch are included.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. You are however welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact Faye - faye@grow.co.nz /  027 607 3000 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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CONTACT FAYE


For further details, please contact:
e: faye@grow.co.nz
p: 027 607 3000