Tamariki who are on the autism spectrum, have ADHD, or sensory issues, can find normal programming too overwhelming. Build Club aims to combat this by setting the programme in a quiet, low light environment. The sessions are also more structured; using LEGO® build sets and clearly defined roles for the participants, rather than free building.
Alexia Herrera, the Children and Teen Services Librarian for the Wainuiomata Community Hub, has developed the programme in collaboration with Autism NZ, who provided the LEGO® build sets, and helped to get the word out to their customers.
“The programme has been a success so far. One child completed a LEGO® campervan build set with his mother and said that Build Club was the highlight of his week,” said Alexia.
LEGO® has partnered with many organisations globally that work with autistic and neurodivergent children in therapy, libraries and schools to help support the development of their social communication skills. Their aim is to make interaction for these children more meaningful and engaging through structured play that uses clear roles and rules.
Build Club continues in Term 4 on Fridays from 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Kiwi Meeting Room at the Wainuiomata Community Hub, starting 29 October 2021. If you know of any tamariki who would like to join, or if you would like more information, please contact Alexia on 04 564 5822, or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bricks & Pieces is also available for tamariki aged 5+ to get creative with LEGO® by exploring their imagination, inventiveness, and engineering skills! Some sessions have restarted under Alert Level 2. See the Hutt City Libraries website for more information.