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Brick-by-Brick programme FAQs

LEGO brick based therapy

What is difference between the “Brick-by-Brick®" Programme and LEGO-based therapy (or LEGO therapy)? 

The Brick-by-Brick® programme is the world’s leading thinking in LEGO brick based therapy and has been developed in partnership with The LEGO Foundation. In the Brick-by-Brick programme, we have updated the methodology based on the latest research and have enhanced are enhancing the resources and training to integrate neurodiversity, learning through play and playful facilitation. Play Included have exclusive permission from the LEGO Foundation to use the term LEGO brick based therapy on account of our partnership together. The term Brick-by-Brick® programme is a trademark of Play Included® C.I.C.

Who is the Brick-by-Brick® Programme for?

The Brick-by-Brick® programme is for children and young people, aged from preschool to adulthood who enjoy building LEGO® models and need support with social communication, friendships, or language. It was originally developed with young people on the autism spectrum in mind, who may be very able in some areas, but need extra support and encouragement to promote their social development. 

Over the years, we’ve seen indications that any young person who enjoys LEGO® play and needs extra support with social interaction, language, communication and emotional wellbeing might benefit from the Brick-by-Brick® programme. LEGO® play is gender neutral.

What age is it suitable for? 

LEGO brick based therapy is very flexible and can be adapted to a wide range of ages, strengths and needs. We tend to recommend age 5 upwards due to the language demands involved. Facilitators need to adapt the activity and the type of LEGO or DUPLO used, depending on the age and needs of the children or young people in Brick Club.

What if a child doesn’t like LEGO? 

If a child or young person does not like building LEGO models, then the Brick-by-Brick® programme may not be the best approach to support them. You can try using the toys and activities they do enjoy to connect and play with others. Playing with others who share a common interest is a great way to make friends.

What is the evidence behind the Brick-by-Brick® programme?

We know from research that play is fundamental for children’s positive development. Research studies have shown that LEGO brick based therapy has a positive impact on social communication and emotional wellbeing in young people on the autism spectrum. 

See our research page for more information.

How do I get started? What’s the next step?

Getting started on your Brick by Brick journey is really easy. We’ve created a free taster for you, so you can experience our training and resources, before deciding to join the course.

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