Neurodivergent refers to children who have neurotype differences from what would be considered the neurotypical presentation. Often children with a diagnosis such as autism, ADHD, learning disorders, sensory integration needs, and developmental disabilities fall under the neurodivergent category.

Some play therapy approaches have more research support for addressing the mental health needs of autistic and neurodivergent children than others (Child Centered Play Therapy), some are more specifically designed for autistic and neurodivergent children (Brick -By-Brick Programme®, AutPlay® Therapy and Theraplay®).

Play is the natural language of all children regardless of diagnosis, disability, or developmental issue. It is the most organic process for children to express troubling thoughts and feelings that are both conscious and unconscious. Play makes learning an enjoyable and engaging experience and provides the best method to impart information needed by children to overcome struggles (Schaefer & Drewes, 2014).

Play therapy approaches, in general, are neurodiversity affirming – valuing the child, giving the child a voice, and affirming the identity of the child. Research has also demonstrated the benefits of implementing play therapy to address a variety of mental health concerns that may be present with a neurodivergent child.

If you are neurodivergent or neurotypical you are welcome here.

Our Brick-by Brick® Programme at the Play Therapies Centre has been developed with Neurodivergent children in mind.

We all love to play! That’s the ethos behind the Brick-by-Brick® programme. Young people collaborate together to build LEGO® models - making friends and developing skills all whilst having fun.
Run by trained facilitators, the Brick-by-Brick® programme offers children positive, meaningful social experiences in an understanding, playful and accepting environment. Brick Club (as it's known to children) supports its members to collaborate, communicate, problem-solve and share fun experiences all through collaborative LEGO® play.

As well as running Brick-By Brick programs for children we also offer training in this method for professionals.

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