GW Krauss, a neuropsychologist at the Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill, has co-authored a new book that describes how to set up and run a LEGO® Club for children with autism. The book, LEGO®-Based Therapy: How to build social competence through LEGO®-based Clubs for children with autism and related conditions, outlines the theory and research behind the approach.
“LEGO® building can help children with autism and related disorders improve social competencies—things like collaborating, negotiating, sharing, turn-taking, and following social rules,” said Dr. Krauss. The evidence-based manual provides detailed practical advice on how to set up a LEGO® Club, as well as strategies for managing behavior, further skill development, and assessing progress.
Fellow authors include LEGO® Therapy pioneer Daniel B. LeGoff, Gina Gomez de la Cuesta of Cambridge University, and world-recognized autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen.
Dr. Krauss has provided play and group therapy for children and adults with social and neurodevelopmental deficits since 1995. He has worked on the development and implementation of LEGO® Therapy with Dr. LeGoff for the past six years. Dr. Krauss integrates the approach into the social learning programming for students with autism and related conditions at Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill.