New this year at Collier Middle School is the Lego Club—a social skills group that integrates students’ love of Legos while teaching them how to appropriately interact with others, make conversation, react to situations, and make friends.
Led by Collier Middle School’s BCaBA, Nicole Sharrock and Collier Middle School Social Worker, Stephanie Farrell, students use Legos to build something related to that week’s theme while discussing various topics surrounding the theme. For example, when Hurricane Matthew dominated the news, Ms. Sharrock and Ms. Farrell’s weekly theme was shelter. Students discussed what constitutes “shelter,” whether anyone has ever had to evacuate, and how they would feel if they ever needed to evacuate their home. While having this discussion, each student built their own shelter for 2 Lego people.
Ms. Sharrock explained, “Lego club is a great way for our students to connect with peers who share a love of Legos. They can then use that connection to spark up conversation and build friendships when they are outside of the club. By keeping their hands and minds busy building, it is easier for them to talk and ask each other for help, which for many of our students is not always an easy thing to do.”
She continued, “Right now, everyone is working individually but our goal by the end is for everyone to collaborate and work together to build one giant Lego structure—having them have a shared final vision and build a final product would be a huge step in a positive direction.”
If you have any Legos you would like to donate to our Lego Club, please feel free to contact Nicole Sharrock.
For more information on Collier Middle School and any of our programs, please contact Cindy D’Arcy at 732-946-4771 x207