Sunday, April 24, 2011

LEGO Social Club

If you've been reading my blog for very long, it's likely that you know how worried I am about Danny's social skills. There is one social skills group in our area, but it is over 30 miles away, which cost a lot in gas money and got us home very late on a school night. Also, I felt like Danny needed more in-depth help with social skills.

Over the last several months, I have thought and prayed and worried about this subject. Danny's biggest difficulty is in interacting with other kids and making friends, a difficulty that is only getting tougher the older he gets.

After writing a post for Hartley's Life with 3 Boys about LEGOs, I started thinking about how cool it would be for Danny if I started a LEGO social skills club. He is absolutely obsessed with those blocks, so why not use that to our advantage?

Shortly after this thought occurred to me, a friend forwarded me a website for the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health, a center that just so happens to have started a LEGO social skills group, based on lots of research.

After contacting them, I discovered that though they are in New Jersey, they could provide me with training and certification through DVDs and the internet. The only catch? It would cost me close to $1,000.

I decided to forget the training and set up my own club, but my husband came up with an even better idea. He knew that through the Pepsi Refresh program, I could apply for a grant. I had only 24 hours before the application deadline, and we made it.

So, now starting on May 1st, I just need to convince every person I know and every person they know to vote for my project throughout the month of May.

Here's where you can help! I set up a facebook page for my LEGO club and would so appreciate it if you would like it. I will be sending out reminders and instructions on how to vote through that page. And if you're not on FB, never fear, I'll be posting information on my blog.

I don't want to inundate you, but I would be forever grateful for your help in this matter. I feel very strongly that this club will help not just Danny, but the other kids who will be involved, in ways that could potentially change their lives!


Sarah said...

You have my vote and admiration, Patty. Congratulation on take the first step!

Mama Pickles said...

I will be sure to post about it on my blog and Facebook. Good luck!

Lizbeth said...

I've 'liked' it, which I do. This is a great thing you're doing!!!

PS--look for YN, if that makes any sense. ;)

Diane said...

Terrific idea. I've "liked" it.

Lynn said...

I "like" it...what a great idea for a social group!

Heather said...

You've certainly got my vote! This is an amazing idea!! My son would be ecstatic to be in a group like this!!! Good luck :)

K- floortime lite mama said...

Well done
\I will write more as this is R's struggle too
But just love what you are doing
Oh and I will go like your FB page right away