What is Building Block Therapy?
Building Block Therapy is a play based therapy. These type of therapies have been widely used to support children’s needs such as building confidence, reducing behavioural problems and increasing social interactions. Play is structured and encourages group collaboration, teaches specific skills and models appropriate interactions in a fun environment using children’s interests.
We have four members of staff trained to deliver the intervention. They are:
Mrs Lake & Ms Bonner
They have been trained by Educational Psychologists from Educational Psychology and Specialist Support Service to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils.
A wide range of social and emotional needs are supported through Building Block Therapy, these include:
- Social skills
- Friendship skills – resolving conflict, sharing
- Anger management
- Behavioural difficulties
- Encourage compliance with adult direction and routine
- Fine motor / visual motor skill development
- Developing speaking skills
- Following instructions
How Building Block Therapy works
Building Block Therapy is line managed by Mrs Catherine Loveridge the School SENCO. Children are referred for support by their Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant, or Senior Leaders. Sometimes referrals are by Mrs Loveridge as an outcome of a conversation with parents. Every half term the Assistants meet with Mrs Loveridge to discuss the referrals and to identify and prioritise which children require Building Block Therapy for approximately the next 6 weeks. Then we plan sessions to support pupils. Children will share their opinions on their own skills and behaviours before starting the sessions. Then after each session they will redo this.
Children work in teams of three to build models using construction materials such as LEGO in these sessions. It is a chance for children who often have common difficulties to work as an engineer, supplier and builder to cooperate with on another to work towards a shared goal.