2021 Workshops

Wellington - Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Auckland - Friday, 24 September 2021

Queenstown - Friday, 22 October 2021

Auckland - Friday, 12 November 2021

Christchurch - Friday, 26 November 2021

If you are waiting on funding approval - we strongly recommend you contact us to pencil book a place - as these workshops do sell out.

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. 

A free LEGO kit is included as part of your registration.

Through the generous support from The Warehouse, each attendee will receive their own LEGO kit to use on the day and take home with them.

In addition, they have offered all who attend the workshop 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. The workshop  also covers:

• Exploring Sensory Modulation - the role the senses play in regulation. 
• Group Theory - How to set up a successful group environment for participants with autism and diverse needs. 

Printable resources will also be provided so delegates can start running LEGO-Based Therapy groups after completing the workshop. 

Accreditation is not a requirement for running LEGO-Therapy based groups.

This training is most suitable for those working with children 5 years up, however there is plenty across the day to take away for work with under 5’s - depending on individuals developmental level and play development stage. 

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 recently completed post-grad studies 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

Auckland

Friday, 24 September & Friday, 12 November 2021

Venue
Butterfly Creek
10 Tom Pearce Drive
Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022

Parking
Free onsite parking.

Workshops run 9.30am - 3.45pm, with Registration and 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

Queenstown

Friday, 22 October 2021

Venue
TBC

Parking
TBC 

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

Christchurch

Friday,  26 November 2021

Venue
Spark Place (the function room on the ground floor)
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 - https://ccc.govt.nz/transport/parking/carpark  Please note that most is paid parking.

11 June - Workshop times - 9.00am - 3.30pm, with Registration with Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am

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

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.

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
Earlybird Special - $330.00 inc GST
Standard Price - $355.00 inc GST

The Earlybird special ends 3 weeks prior to the workshop date.

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email: faye@grow.co.nz

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  1. The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - accounts@grow.co.nz and faye@grow.co.nz , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact faye@grow.co.nz

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $60.00 inc GST per attendee service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: Owing to the current COVID 19 situation and uncertainty around future COVID Alert Levels, GROW Ltd reserves the right to offer this face-to-face event via a ZOOM meeting on the dates shown due to Ministry of Health advice. Should this occur, we will advise you appropriately.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

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.

CONTACT US

For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at faye@grow.co.nz or call 027 607 3000