Auckland - Now - Monday, 21 September 2020

Christchurch - Monday, 7 September

Palmerston North - Monday, 2 November

Tauranga - Monday, 7 December

Please contact us today if you are interested in this professional development training in another location.

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.

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 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 LEGO Therapy Facilitator Training workshop is worth 20 points/6.5 hours CPD

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

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

Auckland

New Date - Monday, 21 September 2020

Venue
The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre
10-20 Gladstone Street
Parnell, Auckland

Private Brasserie and Victoria rooms - Ground Floor.

Parking
Free onsite parking

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

Christchurch

Monday, 7 September 2020

Venue
Activity Room at Tūranga, Christchurch City Libraries
First floor
60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011


Parking
Click here for the Christchurch City Council Parking Options Map. Please note that most is paid parking.

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

Palmerston North

Monday, 2 November 2020

Venue
Caccia Birch House
130 Te Awe Awe Street
Palmerston North

Parking
Free parking onsite

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

Tauranga

Monday, 7 December 2020

Venue
Tauranga Yacht Club
90 Keith Allen Drive
Tauranga, 3110

Parking
Plenty of free onsite parking

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


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

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
Earlybird Special - $275.00 + GST
Standard Price - $299.00 + 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 completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. 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 $20.00 + 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 faye@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly. 


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 $50.00 plus 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: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

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 our team at 06 878 3456 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