Building friendships with LEGOs

Local children with autism spectrum disorders are invited to take part in a new LEGO club in Deerfield. Started by local mom and LEGO specialist Beth Weis, the ASD LEGO Club is for kids 5 and older, their siblings and their parents.

“This is a supervised parent club and my goal is for the parents to have networking and for the kids, there’s lots of opportunity for social and emotional growth and to develop motor skills,” Weis says.

Weis, who has a son with Asperger’s, says parents of children with ASD need a place where they can take their kids. The club lets them come together in a nonjudgmental, nonthreatening environment."In a play environment, it’s really easy to develop your social skills,” Weis says."It’s not therapy, but it’s an opportunity.”

The first club meeting will be from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 4 for all kids with autism spectrum disorders. From 5-6 p.m. the club is for children with Asperger’s. The club is free of charge and meetings will be held at the Deerfield Park District, 836 Jewett Park Drive. For more information, call Weis at (847) 494-5346 or email Register online for the club at

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