We’re big believers in teamwork, so we’re lucky to work with some of the leading experts and organisations to help us develop and test our materials. As a new organisation, we are in the process of developing a full, neurodiverse, advisory board in the coming year.
Ambassador & Adviser
Dr. Dan LeGoff
Dr. Dan LeGoff
Dan has worked with young people with a range of developmental disabilities including autism, using LEGO® bricks as a therapy tool. LEGO based therapy, the methodology used in the Brick-by-Brick programme was first developed by Dan in 2004. Dr Dan, as he’s known, co-founded both the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH) and the Clinical Research Center of New Jersey (CRCNJ). He is experienced in providing training and consultation on setting up LEGO based therapy groups.
Dr. Jenny Gibson
Dr Jenny Gibson
Associate Professor & Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Education at the University of Cambridge
Jenny leads the Play & Communication Lab that sits within the PEDAL research centre, where she studies play, neurodiversity, and child development. A qualified Speech and Language Therapist, Jenny specialises in supporting young people with social communication challenges associated with autism, ADHD and developmental language disorder.
Senior Consultant at TruePoint Consulting
As a strategist and advisor to organizations and senior leaders in industry and the social sector, Karen spent 10 years at the consulting firm, McKinsey and Company before joining TruePoint. She has a MBA from the Harvard Business School. She earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute studying with former Harvard professor, Tal Ben Shahar. She is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership. Karen is also the parent of a young adult with Cerebral Palsy and Autism.
PhD student in Sociology and Gates Scholar at Cambridge University.
Yishai will begin his PhD in Autumn 2021. His research is on the nature of human ability and its treatment in society. He recently completed a Masters in Health, Medicine and Society at Cambridge. He self-identifies as being on the autism spectrum.
The National Autistic Society
The National Autistic Society is a UK society working for autistic people and their mission is to transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice. They work to change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and helping businesses, local authorities and government to provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.
Cambridge Social Ventures
Cambridge Social Ventures, part of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, offer business advice and support to Play Included. Dr. Gina Gomez de la Cuesta founded Play Included as a community interest company in 2018 when she was part of the Cambridge Social Ventures Incubator Programme.
The Autism Research Trust
Play Included are pleased to support the Autism Research Trust. We believe in the potential of research to ensure that autistic people and their families receive the best possible support, now and in future generations. Through our donations, we hope to encourage more research into child-orientated programmes like the Brick-by-Brick programme.
We are working with Hatchlings London to develop activities for parents/carers to use at home. Hatchlings are specialists in early childhood development and parent-led early intervention. They are also trained to deliver courses in the Brick-by-Brick programme.