You know your kid and you know what they like best. And you’ve probably seen how certain things help them lock in, learn easily and focus best while they play.

We get that. We also know that children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have difficulties in social interaction, including cooperative play and starting a group activity — or keeping it going once they do start.

That’s where The ADHD Cooperative Play Social Skills/LEGO Group comes in. We provide opportunities for kids to learn and apply age-appropriate social skills as they get involved in collaborative play — all within the context of LEGO brick building challenges.

LEGO, it turns out, is an excellent and fun way to help engage kids in cooperative play to reach common goals. Yes, your kid will stack up and combine lots of LEGO bricks, but at the same time they’ll be learning skills like:

  • Effective communication.
  • Sharing ideas.
  • Respectfully disagreeing.
  • Communicating concerns.
  • Compromising.
  • Strategies for working in groups.
  • Teamwork.

Our team will also help your kid and the others as they play. We subtly encourage them to work on certain skills as they play and give feedback throughout the session. For example, a team member may ask a child to pause and ask their play partner to state their opinion, to consider their partner’s feelings or to listen to their partner’s opinion. We’ll then help guide discussions about problem solving and compromising.


Children between the ages of 6 and 12 may join the group, based on enrollment. Groups will consist of 6 to 8 children and will meet weekly for 10 weeks. The program is facilitated by ACET staff and held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation.

Application Process

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please fill out the brief application questionnaire below. You’ll then be contacted for an ACET New Patient Appointment to verify appropriate placement.

If you are new to the ADHD Center for Evaluation and Treatment (ACET), you will have a new patient appointment first so we can check if this program matches your child and family’s needs. This visit is a 1- to 2-hour telehealth (virtual) appointment with a mental health provider from the ACET Program. During the visit, we’ll discuss your child’s strengths, review their behavioral and medical history, identify areas of concern and provide treatment recommendations. Treatment recommendations may include participation in an ACET program, referrals to other Cleveland Clinic Children’s providers or community providers, or written resources.

In some instances, an ACET New Patient Appointment is not required. A New Patient Appointment is not required if your child was recommended for an ACET group following the completion of an ACET evaluation or if they have previously participated in ACET groups.

Apply Online for Cooperative Play Social Skills/LEGO Group Training

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