Monday, December 12, 2011

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More than just a toy

Lego Social Club helps children learn social skills, patience and

conflict resolution





11-year-old Nate Winnett of Casey, left, and 9-year-old Isaiah Rubin of Effingham work together to find some specific Lego pieces at the Effingham Lego Social Club Friday in Effingham.







Eight-year-old Danny Hooper of Effingham, left, and 5-year-old Alexziah Hagler of St. Elmo work on a Lego set together Friday at the Effingham Lego Social Club, where children can work on social skills in a safe, non-judgmental environment.




EFFINGHAM — With Lego pieces strewn across tables and piled in buckets, children grabbing for reds or blues and digging through piles for coveted wheels, it looks as though it’s absolute chaos in a small church classroom.

But really, children with autism, Sensory Processing Disorder or ADHD are learning how to interact with one another, practice patience and master conflict resolution, all while creating their own Lego masterpieces.

Some children are there just to make friends and learn social skills, not realizing they’re practicing tolerance, only that they’re having fun playing with an endless amount of Lego pieces.

But they’re actually participating in the Effingham Lego Social Club, which began in September by Effingham resident Patty Hooper, whose 8-year-old son, Danny, has high-functioning autism with his biggest weakness being social skills. Patty and her husband, Bil, were traveling to and from Charleston for Danny to participate in a social skills group through The Autism Program of Illinois.......




8 comments:

Sprite's Keeper said...

That's awesome!

AutismWonderland said...

Fantastic! Keep up the amazing work :)

Kelly said...

Patty, you are so amazing! I'm so proud of you!

Lizbeth said...

That is awesome!!!!

Susan said...

AWESOME!!!

Logical Libby said...

I'm going with the group -- awesome. Good work!

pegbur7 said...

That is so cool!

TurtleBear said...

Congratulations Patty! This project is awesome! Well done to you all… Blessings, Sharon