A NOTTINGHAM company that helps companies build with bricks and mortar is helping young children do the same with Lego.
CPMG, a firm of architects based is Warser Gate in the city, has joined forces with a charity in Hucknall to fund therapy sessions for children with autism.
It is working with Indigo Kids, an organisation that provides a range of different services for autistic children and their families.
And the weekly sessions include Lego therapy.
This is a means of encouraging autistic children to improve the way they communicate and work together by building something.
CPMG is paying for the five sessions through the Opportunities Fund, an organisation that seeks to foster links between Notts charities and businesses.
Sara Harraway, a director of CPMG, explained why the firm had decided to get involved.
She said: "We're delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile local project, especially as it involves building and construction!
"The Opportunities Fund has been really instrumental in matching us with a suitable project to support and we hope to work with them more in the future."
The Lego building sessions run by Indigo started this week and will continue into December.
They involve adult coaches working with children in a way which also helps them to develop fine motor skills, think logically, and work out how to solve problems.
They are run by Sarah Downes, a psychology graduate from the University of Nottingham, who has become a specialist in this kind of work.
Lego therapy is a recognised tool in helping children with neuro-behavioural disorders such as autism, stemming from research which showed that the youngsters were always attracted to Lego when presented with a roomful of toys.
Studies have since shown that the therapy can improve the children's' social competence while reducing the behaviour associated with their disorder.
Sarah Seaton, of Indigo Kids, said: "Lego is a great tool to help children with autism to interact with their peers.
"Reseach shows that their social development is significantly increased through this type of play."
French-born businessman Benoit Ivernel, the founder and a director of the Opportunities Fund, added: "I set up the fund because I wanted to give opportunities to people who are not as privileged as I am – people marginalised by society.
"Sometimes it doesn't take much to start building up confidence when your life has been too difficult to find the right path to do so."