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Nikki Bettcher Erickson, left, and Jamin Johnson are eager to launch a Lego Fun and Friendship Club, a two-month pilot program for helping instill social skills in children with autism, attention deficit disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome and other challenges. The club is a project of The Resource Center Program at West Central Industries. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Lego lessons: Pilot program uses plastic, snap-together blocks to help socially challenged children learn life skills

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WILLMAR — A pilot program is using colorful Lego blocks to help develop social skills and confidence in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder and other challenges.

While they are building imaginary houses, vehicles and towns, they will also learn how to be part of a group and make new friends, said Jamin Johnson, director of The Resource Center Program, and Nikki Bettcher Erickson, who will lead the Lego Fun and Friendship Club.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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