How does the Build2Talk program help to develop communication skills?
Children develop receptive language skill when they listen to instructions from the parent or facilitator on what LEGO piece to use and where to put them during a lego-based therapy building session. The ability to listen and respond to instructions is critical in the learning of new skills. If the child can read, the child can also read out the instruction shown on each step as she put the pieces together. In the Build2Talk program, the child is allowed to build the LEGO model with visual instruction accompanied by verbal instruction from the parent or facilitator.
Expressive language skill is developed when the child takes on the role as an engineer and gives out the instruction to the builder on what piece to use and how they should be placed during the model building process. The parent or a sibling can play the role of the builder and let the child be the engineer to give the instructions.
Expressive language can also develop when the child ask for help if he or she is not able to find a piece of the brick or to put them together. Each step of the building process offers an opportunity for the parent and child to interact and communicate.
In the building process, the child also get to be trained on his visual and sequencing skills as he or she is required to follow each step till the model is completed.