Hertfordshire, UK — A mother of a child with autism in St Albans in Hertfordshire decided to set up herself a Lego club, held every Saturday, for the families of children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. She decided to do so after finding that her son was struggling with his activities outside of school.
Gayeanna Allcock, mother of 9-year old James, said that she grew tired of her son staring at the screens during weekends while her efforts to convince him to engage in other activities were simply being ignored. According to Gayeanna,
“He would interact with people at school during the day, but when it came to weekends or after school, he would resort to looking at a screen. I found it really hard encouraging him. I decided to set up a Lego club on Saturdays for myself and other parents with autistic children.”
Donations poured in from people from all over the district to help her set up the Lego club, including a sizable donation from the Lego company itself.
Merely a month after the successful launch of the club, hopes were sparked that the club could be expanded to the whole of the county, and Gayeanna is keeping her hopes up. She told that she wants to make the club a permanent fixture and that a community charity has been set up in order to achieve this.
The original article by Sophie Crockett on The Herts Advertiser 24 website can be read here.