Nov 08

Melbourne LEGO Trailer Build – 19th & 20 Nov 2011

ASD Aid has organized another event to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders and the benefits of play therapy at Melbourne  Museum’s  Science Works.

Join the Melbourne LEGO Users Group (MUGs) and hundreds of LEGO Fans  in an attempt to build a large scale moving LEGO road train, and learn about the benefits of LEGO Therapy for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

“Help build a series of trailers before letting your imagination run wild in building the cargo for the train to haul. Once completed, the trailers will form one giant road train, which will then be pulled by LEGO prime movers.”

Research indicates that significant gains can be made in social development through LEGO play. The interactive experience of play groups are believed to help improve the social skills of children with ASD.

This event is held in partnership with the Melbourne LEGO Users Group (MUGs), Amaze ( Autism Victoria) and the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre.

The event has been made possible by the generous contributions of ASD Aid members and major sponsor Fischer Plastics.

EVENT DETAILS

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday 19  & Sunday 20 November 2011

Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium

2 Booker St

Spotswood, Victoria, 3015

 

 

Event will be hosted in the “Pumping Station” building

Access to the event is included with museum entry. MV Members receive FREE general museum entry.

Oct 07

Dr. Daniel LeGoff leaves Y.A.L.E. School

Dan LeGofff has recently left the Y.A.LE. school to work on other initiatives

Oct 02

Melbourne Armageddon

ASD Aid will be collecting for Autism Victoria @ Melbourne Armageddon

Aug 26

Science Works Venue

Looks like the ASD Aid – LEGO Fan Road Train Build will be at the Science Works Museum in Melbourne on the 19th and 20th of November 2011

Aug 10

Lego Therapy Manual Announced

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.

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