Therapeutic Use of LEGO®

Auckland - 1 August 2024

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

Please Note: The Christchurch and Wellington workshops will only be held once per annum. 
Workshops run 9am - 3.45pm

Please Note:  We are also offering the LEGO-Based Therapy Facilitator Training  - 2025 dates TBC

***SPECIAL OFFER: Contact us for a 10% discount on the Facilitator Training if you are interested in booking both workshops***

Connecting with diverse populations

Therapeutic use of LEGO® is an energised, hands-on, one day workshop, filled with practical skills for working with tamariki, young people and adults using LEGO® to support development of social-emotional skills.

Across the day we will explore principles of therapeutic relationships and learning processes - play based therapy, proximal zone of development, positive guidance, positive psychology, group therapy process, coaching through conflict, trauma informed practice, neuro-diverse affirming practice, social model of disability, flow theory and mor

Note: This Therapeutic Use of LEGO® workshop builds upon the previous LEGO®-Based Therapy Facilitator Training by delving into the broader applications of LEGO® for developing social and emotional skills in tamariki and young adults. This includes support for individuals with language processing difficulties, learning differences, autism, anxiety, trauma backgrounds, and family therapy applications.

As such, attendees do not need to have completed the prior Facilitator Training to participate in this training day.

The workshop includes an introduction to LEGO®-Based Therapy. Developed by Daniel Le-Goff in the 1990's, LEGO®-Based Therapy is an evidence based social skills program that was originally developed for autistic people, but has much wider adaptations and applications today than people on the Autism Spectrum. It fits well into the New Zealand and Australian context coaching 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 team skills is accelerated. Research has also shown the skills learned in the group naturally transfer well to other settings such as from the clinic or school setting to the home. It is a great model to use in schools, clinical settings, social services and home.

Elen Nathan is an Occupational Therapist who has specialised in Sensory Integration, Neurodiversity and is a Master trained LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Facilitator, and will use this framework to support participants across the day become comfortable and proficient in using LEGO®.   This full day workshop also includes how to design a group using robust group theory to support greater success outcomes for therapy groups. The day includes tools around using LEGO® for sensory regulation so the sensory needs of the group are met first to ensure all participants are regulated, enabling them to participate in the group to their full capacity with reduced behavioural challenges.

Whether you are a seasoned therapist or practitioner looking to bring LEGO® into your therapeutic practice, or just starting out working with people looking for practical skills to engage with clients and learners, or a parent looking to better understand how to connect with your child, this workshop has wide applications for both therapeutic, learning support and family settings.

Please Note: this workshop will touch on emotional issues such as grief and/or trauma, and some of the material covered in our workshops may be sensitive or triggering to certain participants. We encourage everyone to practice self-care and either reach out to us, or directly discuss any concerns with our presenter.

Generous Support from The Warehouse
Special Discount voucher to purchase LEGO® from The Warehouse

We are delighted to again have the generous support from The Warehouse. Each attendee will be able to purchase LEGO® at a significantly discounted rate to set up their school or organisation's own Therapy Group kit

The Warehouse offers LEGO® at some of the lowest prices in NZ, and we encourage you to take advantage of this great offer.

Learning Outcomes:

This workshop is ideal for people working with individuals who:

•              Need additional support to develop positive peer-to-peer interactions.

•              Need support to find their voice, process their actions or experiences.

•              Need support to build social skills and a sense of safety at school or home.

•              Need an individualised education plan or need additional support to engage in learning tasks.

•              Those working in social services, education and community based services.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is suitable for RTLB's, Speech and Language Therapists,  Teachers, Teacher Aides, SENCOs, Occupational Therapists, Counsellors, Social Workers, Psychologists, clinical and allied staff and key workers.

NOTE - If your organisation is interested in having Elen present face-face to between 15 - 40 members of your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

Elen's Other Workshops

LEGO-Based Therapy Facilitator Training

2025 dates and locations TBC

LEGO-Based therapy is an evidence based social skills program developed for people on the Autism Spectrum. It has been successfully replicated across the world and fits well into the New Zealand context, and is an excellent therapy model for clinicians and professionals with existing skills and knowledge in group theory, clinical reasoning and Autism.

It is for those who want to set up and facilitate LEGO-Based Therapy groups and 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.

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Understanding Sensory Needs

Sensory processing difficulties are very real, though often hidden or confusing. As a teacher, teacher aides, RTLB, speech and language therapist, SENCO, occupational therapist, psychologist or counsellor, if you feel like typical strategies are not enough, or feel there is a bit more to the concerns you are seeing at school - or in other settings, this day will help you to explore those concerns further and respond to sensory needs in an appropriate and meaningful way.

It will provide an in-depth exploration of the 8 sensory systems, plus an introduction to Neuroception - the bodies sense of safety or danger, examine sensory seeking & sensory avoiding - the patterns to look for and what they mean, what can trigger sensory meltdowns at school, home and the community & how to help effectively, and much more.

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Interoception & Neuroception. A deep dive into the 8th and 9th Sensory Systems

Interoception is the sense of our internal messages from the body. Feelings of hunger, thirst, fullness, messages from organs like the bladder & bowel to tell us if we need to go to the toilet now, or if we can wait, and messages from our cardiovascular system like an increased heart rate that may indicate stress or excitement are just some of the experiences we might have from our interoceptive sense.

Neuroception is our sense of safety and danger. How we decide if we want to walk down that dark path or not. If we choose to pat the dog we are walking past or not. How we feel safe in someone else's home, our own home, or our classroom.

This workshop is a deep dive into the 8th and 9th Sensory Systems. You will learn supportive relationship-based practices for working alongside people with unique Neuroception and Interoception, based on the principles of trauma informed care, neurodiverse affirming care, and sensory integration.

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Understanding Developmental Handwriting Challenges

Foundation skills for handwriting, assessment, and fun ways to develop the skills needed for those aged 5-13 yrs.

One or two-day interactive workshops that will suit educational professionals such as teachers, RTLB, and teacher aids, as well as therapists such as occupational therapists or speech and language therapists working in or with Primary and Intermediate Schools.

This training is only available as private workshops and aim to provide an understanding of the foundational skills required for handwriting to develop, how to perform and interpret assessment data to inform interventions, and to explore a range of fun, engaging ways to develop the skills needed for our tamariki to thrive.

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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.

About the Presenter:

Elen Nathan is a NZ registered Occupational Therapist in Napier and is a qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner (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


Thursday, 1 August 2024

Naumi Auckland Airport Hotel
153 Kirkbride Road, Māngere, Auckland

Free parking for all conference delegates.

Workshop times - 9am - 3.45pm, with Registration with Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.

Please be aware this is an interactive workshop and you will be working in groups.


2025 Date TBC

Tūranga, Christchurch City Libraries
Tautoru / TSB Space - Level 1
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.

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

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

Workshop times - 9am - 3.45pm, with Registration with Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.


2025 Date TBC

Naumi Hotel Wellington, 213 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Parking is available at the hotel for $20.00 per day subject to availability. Please visit reception upon your arrival.
Alternatively, there is paid parking available at Wilson Carparking, Marion Street, 26 Marion Street, Te Aro, Wellington

Workshop times - 9am - 3.45pm, with Registration with Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.

Please be aware this is an interactive workshop and you will be working in groups.

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

Price & Registration Information

One Day Workshop
Standard Price - $372.00 inc GST

The price stated is per person.
If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

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

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent.
Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email from Lil Regie confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. This will appear on your statement as from LIL REGIE LTD WELLINGTON.

A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email:

Once you have registered, we will be in touch again a week prior to the workshop with further information about the workshop and your special discount code to purchase LEGO from the Warehouse.

Can't pay online and require an invoice?

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If your organisation is unable to use our automated booking system and pay by credit/debit card and therefore require an invoice instead to pay by direct bank credit, there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply the following please:

  1. The full organisation 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 - and , 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

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:

Face-Face Events - 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.

Online Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 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.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Further Details

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop. In line with our sustainability objectives, speaker presentations will not be distributed in hard copy, however attendees are invited to print them off and bring these with them or download them to any device they plan to take on the day.

Arrival tea and coffee, morning tea and lunch are included. Please note we only cater for gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian dietary requirements.

Commitment to Access and Equity
We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact Faye - / 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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