Brick Club – CDT’s newest group program!
A group designed to enhance social awareness and friendship skills in 7 – 9 year olds.
What is it?
This is a fun, interactive group conducted by Clinical Psychologist Grace Ranke for children aged 7 – 9 years who may benefit from enhanced awareness and practice of social skills. Group Lego building activities will be used alongside traditional social skill training as an engaging medium through which children can practice new skills while also having fun.
Lego clubs, developed in the United Sates and based on research by Clinical Neuropsycholgist Dr Dan LeGoff, are becoming increasing popular around the world as a way for children to connect and learn new skills in a non-threatening and fun environment.
Children do not have to have a diagnosed difficulty to attend this group, although it will be beneficial for children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and those with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
What will be covered?
This group will help children learn to notice and ‘read’ social cues in others and how to respond appropriately. Topics covered will include: reading body language; being ‘friendly’; starting and maintaining conversations; making and keeping friends; working within a team; recognising and managing bullying and teasing; and managing frustrations in friendships.
The format will be handouts, discussions, role-plays and then finish with semi-structured, small group-based Lego building challenges.
How can my child join?
Current CDT clients can be referred directly by their clinician. For new clients who haven’t been to the clinic before, a free screening questionnaire and short meeting will be held with parents to ensure the group will a good fit for their child.