Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions about Play Included and the Brick-by-Brick programme. If your question is not covered here, do get in touch and we will be happy to help!
Brick-by-Brick programme FAQ
When will I find out more about the Brick-by-Brick programme?
We are working on our new training and resources in the coming months. Our training will be ready in the autumn of 2021. Sign up to our mailing list if you would like us to keep you updated.
What is difference between the “Brick-by-brick" Programme and LEGO-based therapy (or LEGO therapy)?
The Brick-by-Brick programme is founded on the methodology of LEGO-based therapy. In the Brick-by-Brick programme, we are enhancing the resources and training to integrate learning through play and to encourage playful facilitation.
Who is the “Brick-by-Brick” Programme for?
The Brick-by-Brick programme is for 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 and communcation might benefit from the Brick-by-Brick programme. LEGO® play is gender neutral.
Can you do the Brick-by-Brick Programme with the children online?
The Brick-by-Brick programme involves building LEGO models in small groups, which is very difficult to replicate online. However, you can apply some of the ideas in Brick Club to online sessions, for example talking and showing the models you have made. We have not done any research to evaluate whether or not online sessions are as helpful or enjoyable.
What age is it suitable for?
The programme is very flexible and can be adapted to a wide range of ages, strengths and needs. You need to adapt the activity and the type of LEGO or DUPLO used, depending on the age and needs of the people you are working with.
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-based therapy (on which the Brick-by-Brick programme is founded) has a positive impact on social communication and emotional wellbeing in young people on the autism spectrum.
Our team have been involved in the first large scale randomised controlled trial (called the I-SOCIALISE trial) that is currently underway in the UK. Researchers are looking at the impact on social skills and cost effectiveness. Results of the study are due out later in 2021. We are passionate about research and want to encourage more high quality studies to be carried out into the effectiveness of the programme in different populations.
When will the new training courses be ready?
We are currently designing and creating our new training courses. They will be ready in Autumn 2021. Sign up to our mailing list if you would like us to keep you updated.
How much will the training cost?
We have not yet set our pricing, but we aim to be accessible. The price will be announced when the training courses are ready. Sign up to our mailing list if you would like us to keep you updated.
What will the training involve?
The training will be partly online, and partly experiential workshops. The more advanced courses will involve more in depth training and case studies.
Who are the training courses suitable for?
Our training courses are suitable for professionals working with individuals who need extra support with social interaction, communication and friendship. Such professionals come from a wide range of backgrounds, such as teaching, health, special education, social work, speech and language therapy, play therapy and occupational therapy.
Can I buy resources from you?
We do not currently sell any kits or resources to use in Brick Clubs. In the future, people who train in the Brick-by-Brick programme will have access to resources to run their clubs. If you would like to be kept updated about new resources as they become available please sign up to our mailing list.
Will there be more resources for parents/carers?
Yes, we will be co-creating more home activities in the coming months. Sign up to our mailing list if you would like us to keep you updated.
Do you have courses for parents?
We do not currently run courses for parents. However, we do have some activities you can try with your child at home which we hope you find enjoyable.
Where can I access a Brick Club for my child?
We’re building Play Included brick by brick, so as our community grows, we’ll be able to provide a directory of certified Brick Clubs and facilitators in different parts of the world. In the meantime, the best way to access a Brick Club is to tell your child’s school, health or local community services all about the program and ask them to get in touch with us about getting them set up with training.
What if my child doesn’t like LEGO?
If your child 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 an interest is a great way to make friends.
Play Included FAQ
What is a community interest company?
Play Included is a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) which is a type of not-for-profit social enterprise. This means that any profits generated by Play Included are re-invested into the social mission of our company. Our mission is to increase the accessibility, awareness and quality of the Brick-by-Brick programme so that it can support as many young people as possible.
Why have you partnered with the LEGO Foundation?
In line with our social mission to increase the accessibility, awareness and quality of the Brick-by-Brick programme, we have partnered with the LEGO foundation, to increase our reach and support more young people. Together we are strengthening the programme and scaling around the world to reach more people.
Why did you change your name from Bricks for Autism?
The evidence base for LEGO-based therapy at the moment solely focuses on children on the autism spectrum. That's why we started out as Bricks for Autism C.I.C. Over the years, we have seen positive indications that the Brick-by-Brick programme may help more young people who need extra support with social communication, language, friendship and emotional wellbeing. We would like to include more young people in the work we do and encourage more research into different populations and needs. That's why we're now Play Included C.I.C.
Countries with trained Brick-by-Brick facilitators
The Brick-by-Brick™ Programme is currently available in approximately 40 countries, through facilitators trained by Play Included™.
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- United States