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Bea Inclusive TV and Podcast
Episode 014

Hi there,

In the last episode of Bea Inclusive TV, I gave you a few ideas on how to support non-verbal children with challenging behaviour.

This week I’m coming back to Lego® based Therapy topic and the most popular post on my FACEBOOK group this week.

In this episode of Bea Inclusive TV you will:

  • Find out about the way I sort and store your Lego bricks

  • Find out the review of the Lego Captain America collaborative set

If you are new to me – my name is Bea and this VLOG is dedicated to advocating truly inclusive school provision through well researched, safe and recommended approaches such as Lego® based Therapy.

So, here is me inviting you to follow my journey in creating truly inclusive provision that helps you to support children and develop your skills. Are you ready? Let’s go!

I could tell you hundreds of true stories about Lego® based Therapy that show the creative, ground-breaking & original ways that schools find to use this approach to help, educate & support children. We know that Lego® based Therapy can play a central role in changing someone’s life for the better, within the world of education.

Many schools use Lego® based Therapy to overcome some of their student’s limitations, but this approach works best when access to all students when delivered in the right way.

Even though I love Lego bricks and all the different themes, games, and activities I know that the most important part of this intervention is the Lego® based Therapy Facilitator. You! You and your facilitator skills.

A trained specialist that can deliver a child-centred and evidenced-based approach to all children as he is prepared to work with the most vulnerable one that he can get in his setting. Somebody who can assess children skills, target deficit skills, plan the support through the play and evidence children progress.

I could tell you all of that but today I will talk about the way you sort and store your Lego® which will depend on many different factors such as what kind of Lego® do you have, how many groups you are facilitating for or how old they are.

If you like me are working with people age 4-99 then you will have to consider a few necessary things.

But no matter what Lego® you have and with whom do you work there are 4 simple rules to remember that will save your money and keep you organised.

There are 4 different groups of Lego® resources that you must keep separate. 

  1. The loose bricks

  2. The collaborative sets

  3. Mini-Figures

  4. The board games and activities

Let me start with the Collaborative Sets. They are the most popular with children and you don’t want to lose pieces as you will need to spend time to purchase the replacement.

So remember to keep them separately from the loose bricks and make sure you store them in the plastic containers or zipped plastic folders. This is how I store my sets. This is a small box with the picture representation on the top so I can give children choices as well as I can find everything easily. There is one extra advice I would like to give to you. When you purchase your new set make sure that you copy and laminate the building instruction. This will help you to avoid the necessary hassle of finding the instruction replacement online, printing and laminating so it will really save your time.

The loose Lego® bricks best works when sorted into colours and this is how it can look like.

Mini-Figures (I like displaying them and taking them when needed). I use them every day!

Huge and the most important part of my Lego® therapy are activities and games that I create to target deficit skills such as theory my mind, communication skills, social skills. You name it! You can target every possible skill through LBTH. When I do create and make a game, I store it in the plastic portfolio bag or zipped bag with necessary bricks needed to play the game.

I also have a full box of mixed Lego® bricks to play board games.

Simple isn’t it? Before I will finish this short video let me tell you about the Captain America Collaborative set building.

We had plenty of fun this week while building our new collaborative set Captain America. Please check my review if you would like to build this with your children. I was quite excited as I love Captain America. This is also my son’s favourite Avengers and I think for many young children the role model. The whole building process lasted for 1 hour and 10 minutes so you will need at least 2 sessions to accomplish this with your children. There are few tricky bits that we struggled with but otherwise fantastic project. We had a nice family chat about Captain America as a good role model.

There you have it!

I’m curious how are you storing your resources? What are you doing differently? Please feel free to post pictures of your storage.

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Until the next time

Love and xxx

Bea

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