Y.A.L.E. School News

New LEGO® Clubs For Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Y.A.L.E. Clinic, in partnership with the Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill, will offer LEGO® Clubs this spring for children with social learning disabilities, including Asperger’s Disorder, High Functioning Autism, and social anxiety. 

“We will be using an evidence-based approach to build social competence that began more than fifteen years ago with Dr. Dan LeGoff,” said GW Krauss, the program’s director. The LEGO® Club system engages children in a naturally rewarding activity – building with LEGO® ­ while requiring them to use and practice social skills, like turn-taking, negotiating, division of labor and collaboration, many which can be troublesome for children with social learning disabilities. LEGO® Therapy has been systematically evaluated in research studies which were recently replicated at Cambridge University by Gina Gomez de la Cuesta, Ph.D. and Simon Baron-Cohen, Ph.D., internationally-recognized experts in autism.

The clubs will run for 8-weeks, beginning in mid-May. They will be lead by facilitators who are experienced in working with children with social deficits, and will be supervised by Dr. GW Krauss, a neuropsychologist who worked extensively with Dr. LeGoff on the development of LEGO® Therapy and social learning.

Participants should be 8-12 years old and enjoy building – especially with LEGO®!

The first club will meet on Monday, starting on May 13th from 4:30 to 5:20PM; the second club will meet on Wednesday, starting on May 22nd from 4:30 to 5:20PM. Both clubs will meet at the Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill Campus on Church Road in Cherry Hill. The cost is $45 per session, with an initial commitment of 8 sessions. 
 
For more information, please contact Dr. GW Krauss at 856-795-4366 x3.

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