The American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies - Webinar
Lego Therapy (MEMBERS ONLY)
Presented by Emma Griffiths, Bsc (HONs) M.Ed, and Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., MA, MS, MS, MS
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- Basic principles of Lego® Therapy for individuals with autism and the psychological theory behind the intervention
- Research summary into Lego® Therapy and proposed areas to improve in individuals with autism and other social and communication difficulties.
- An introduction into ‘Block Therapy online accredited Training in the UK and brief overview of this new intervention
This workshop provides an introduction and practical strategies for Lego® based Therapy, which is a social and communication intervention recommended for individuals with autism. This intervention is being highlighted by research as a promising way for educators to use to improve certain interaction behaviors. By combining the medium of Lego® (as a motivating resource) with the underlying principles of the ‘Systemizing Theory’ by Baron-Cohen (2010) makes the basis of Lego® Therapy. The concept of Lego® Therapy or ‘Block Therapy’ is being widely used across the UK, and other parts of Europe. Although research is limited, it is becoming a promising area to be used to improve social skills in a fun and engaging way in educational, care, forensic and other centers.
Emma is A UK based Autism Consultant and Specialist teacher, who delivers training on a new style of Lego® Therapy called ‘Block Therapy’ mainly to UK & Australian school-based staff and Child mental health workers. Emma balances working as Autism Advisory Teacher in the UK with also being an accomplished speaker in Autism and Child mental Health. Emma works for the National Autistic Society as a moderator accrediting settings for individuals with autism and is passionate about advocating and training to ensure individuals with autism get the best access to education/care within their life no matter their age or ability. Emma mainly delivers training on how to use interventions to support individuals with autism and is interested in delivering training across the US.
Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor for Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota and has extensive experience teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Jerrod has also been employed with Pathways Counseling Center in St. Paul, Minnesota for the past seventeen years. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is also certified as a Youth Firesetting Prevention/Intervention Specialist, an Anger Resolution Therapist (CART), a Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, an Autism Specialist, and a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP).
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