What is LEGO-Based Therapy?


LEGO-Based Therapy is an evidence based social skills programme for individuals on the autism spectrum. The programme was originally developed by Clinical Psychologist Daniel Le Goff (2004) in the United States. Past research has shown that school-aged children and adolescents who attended LEGO-Based Therapy made significant improvement in their social skills (Owens et al., 2008) and anxiety (Nguyen 2016).

The reason behind the success is that LEGO-Based Therapy is using children’s own natural interests in LEGO to promote development of social communication and play. Sessions are highly structured, and rule governed with each participant having a specific role (builder, helper, engineer) and facilitated by a trained facilitator. LEGO-Based Therapy has been applied to a variety of settings, including clinics, education, and community.

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.

The trainer 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. The trainer will provide 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 on the day so delegates can start running LEGO-Based Therapy groups after completing the workshop.

Feedback from children and their parents

“Attending the LEGO Club felt very therapeutic. I left each session feeling more relaxed and calm than when I first came” (child attending LEGO-Therapy)

“It has helped me with my social skills. I found it easier to initiate conversations with people after attending the group” (child attending LEGO-Therapy)

“He started off by not wanting to talk much but after a few weeks he started talking more to his peers much more effectively” (Parent of child who attended LEGO-Therapy)

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:

Dr Camilla Nguyen

Camilla has more than 10 years experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum across community, mental health, educational and research settings. She has particular interest in the area of sex differences in autism, and in promoting evidence based social skills group practice.

In 2016, Camilla completed her doctoral thesis on LEGO-Based Therapy with high functioning children and adolescents within a community setting. She was supervised by Professor Simon Cohen, Autism Research Centre, Cambridgeshire, UK and trained by Dr Gina de la Cuesta to deliver LEGO-Based Therapy for individuals with autism. Both Baron-Cohen and de la Cuesta are pioneers in this area and developed the LEGO-Therapy based manual.

Dr Nguyen’s work has also been featured in the HuffingtonPost (“LEGO-Based Therapy: How Colorful Bricks are Helping Kids with Autism to Improve Their Social Skills”).

Over the last 5 years, Camilla has successfully set up LEGO-Based Therapy groups and has trained other professionals to deliver LEGO-Based Therapy in their own communities and schools, in the United Kingdom and across New Zealand.

Dates & Locations - 2019:

Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Potters Park Event Centre
164/166 Balmoral Rd, Auckland

Monday, 16 September 2019
Ellwood Function Centre
15 Otene Rd, Hawke's Bay

Friday, 27 September 2019
CCS Disability Action
14 Erson Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
St Andrew's on the Terrace
30 The Terrace, Wellington

Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Ibis Christchurch Hotel
107 Hereford St, Christchurch

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
Earlybird Special - $220.00 + GST
Standard Price - $275.00 + GST

If you are sending 3 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

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 Feona Horrex on 06 878 3456 or email: feona@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 $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.


For further details, please contact:
Feona Horrex at feona@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 06 878 3456