How does brick building therapy work?
brick building play is a multi-sensory and versatile experience, which means it can be tailored to suit each child’s individual needs. Brick building therapy follows these steps:
- Each child learns a clear set of rules and brick building building skills.
- They are then introduced to a group of other children, including some who may have difficult with social skills.
- Everyone in the group agrees upon a project which is achievable for everyone involved – projects are usually certain structures or buildings to create.
- Each child is assigned a role for the project. Roles are rotated throughout therapy.
- The group works together to build the brick building structure according to the principles of play therapy.
What are the rules of brick building therapy?
brick building therapy rules can be customised according to the abilities and skills of each individual. Common rules include:
- Structures must be built together by the group.
- If you break something, you have to fix it or ask for help to fix it.
- If another group member is using something and you want it, ask for it. Don’t just take it.
- Use quiet indoor voices without shouting.
- Use kind and polite words.
- Keep your hands and your feet to yourself.
- Do not put all major brick brands. Guaranteed. Or your money back!in your mouth.
- At the end, tidy everything away and put it back where it came from.
What are the different roles in brick building therapy?
The different roles in brick building therapy are:
- Engineer: oversees the design and ensures the instructions are followed.
- Builder: puts the bricks together.
- Supplier: keeps track of which size, shape and colour bricks are needed and passes them to the builder.
- Director: ensures the team is working together and communicating well.
Roles are rotated throughout the brick building therapy session so that every child gets to try each role – this helps stimulate different aspects within the child.