The National Autistic Society (UK) and the Autism Research Centre (University of Cambridge) have announced that they are producing a manual for teachers/clinicians to facilitate the implementation of Lego Therapy
The Manual is being authored by world leaders in Autism Research including Gina Gomez de la Cuesta, Ayla Humphrey, Simon Baron-Cohen and Dan Legoff.
“Children with autism and AS may be naturally attracted and motivated by systems of one kind or an other. LEGO is a highly systematic toy that appears intrinsically rewarding to children on the autistic spectrum. This project confirmed that LEGO Therapy leads to improvement in social skills.”
This is a major milestone for ASD Aid and we are eagerly anticipating the publishing of the manual. Providing copies of the manual, with supporting material is one of our a core target for fund raising.
The ARC is situated within the School of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Cambridge.
It brings together scientists working on autism from around the University of Cambridge. It also has major collaborations with other universities, and works closely with clinical and voluntary sector services.
The ARC has approximately 30 research scientists and support staff, drawn from a range of disciplines (cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, paediatrics, neonatology, genetics, and biochemistry).
It utilises state-of-the-art technology in these investigations, including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI and sMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), event-related potentials (ERPs), amniocentesis, and gaze-tracking.
The ARC is partnered with the National Autistic Society (the UK’s leading charity for autism) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust.
The ARC receives major funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Three Guineas Trust, and the Baily Thomas Trust, among other sponsors.
The Patrons of the ARC are novelist Nick Hornby, musician Jools Holland, actor Daniel Radcliffe, the geneticist James Watson, theatre and film director Stephen Poliakoff, and novelist Philip Pullman.
The ARC was founded in 1999 and celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Royal Society.