Kung Fu Group 

A group intervention run by the CCPNR is the 'Kung Fu group', which uses Kung Fu and mindfulness training to support executive functions (higher level thinking skills), promote self-awareness and self-regulation in children with a brain injury. At the same time whilst the children are doing Kung Fu, parents attend a group aimed at supporting carers with their well-being and adjustment.

Background to Kung Fu and mindfulness family-based intervention 

The CCPNR wanted to develop an innovative, cost-effective intervention to address the cognitive (thinking skills) and secondary emotional consequences of an acquired brain injury whilst delivering the intervention in a manner that is sensitive to the context of a child's everyday life, by involving the parents.

The intervention of Kung Fu builds on work by Lakes and Hoyt (2004) with aims to promote self-regulation in typically developing children using martial arts training. This innovative study led to gains in cognitive-affective self-regulation and working memory. Similarly, Chan et al. (2012) used Chinese Chan mind-body exercise with a progressive muscle relaxation technique for enhancing the self-control of children with autistic spectrum disorder.

This group was funded for 2018 by Head to Toe Charity and below is a short interview discussing the group with two of our team members.


Brick Club

A group intervention previously run by the CCPNR was the Brick Club, which used LEGO® as a therapeutic tool to aid social communication in children with an acquired brain injury, as this is something that is often affected following the injury.  

Background to LEGO®-based therapy

LEGO®-based therapy is a collaborative play therapy in which children work together to build LEGO® models. The aim of the group is to help children to develop social interaction skills in a friendly, fun setting. The approach was developed by Dr Dan LeGoff, a Clinical Neuropsychologist from Philadelphia, USA. Instead of building LEGO® sets by themselves, children work in pairs or teams of three. The task of building is divided into different roles, so that social interaction is necessary to participate. By doing this, children practice key skills of collaboration, joint attention, sharing, turn taking, eye contact, communication, social problem-solving and compromise.


The page was last updated on 25 February 2019 by dpearce.

Further information

pdfCCPNR Leaflet (0.48 MB)

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

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Cambridge, CB21 5EF
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