Designated Mental Health Lead - Sally Latuszka
PSHE Lead - Elaine Cook
Thera-Build® with LEGO® is a playful, therapeutic approach for promoting emotional well-being in children, developed by Alyson Thomsen of Bricks2Learn, and is not to be confused with ‘LEGO®-Based Therapy’, which assigns children specific building roles to improve their communication skills.
Thera-Build® focuses on working playfully and therapeutically with all children through the medium of LEGO® bricks, and is particularly helpful for young people with internalising conditions such as anxiety or attachment disorder, for children who are struggling to manage their feelings, or for those who would benefit from some additional nurture time with a trusted adult.
Through purposeful play and active engagement with LEGO® bricks, Thera-Build® aims to reduce stress, boost confidence and self-esteem, and support children to self-regulate, by providing individualised high-quality relational building experiences, that help children to communicate difficult emotions and to positively connect with others.
A Thera-Build® intervention may be most beneficial on a one-to-one basis, or with a small group of children, depending on a child’s individual need.
There are many benefits to the use of brick-play, including improved:
· Language and literacy skills
· Social skills, self-expression and more effective communication
· Problem solving, decision making and memory
· Hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and fine motor skills
· Self-regulation, resilience, understanding empathy and impulse control