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Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Using Minecraft®

Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Using Minecraft®

A Step by Step Guide

Raelene Dundon, illustrated by Chloe-Amber Scott

Quick Overview

An accessible guide to setting up Minecraft groups to promote social skills in children with autism. It has over 100 pages of session plans, visuals and handouts, as well as sets out a curriculum for educators and professionals to use in the classroom.
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Paperback / softback
2019, 11.57in x 8.27in / 294mm x 210mm, 224pp
ISBN: 9781785924613


This comprehensive and accessible guide contains everything that needs to be known in order to set up and run a Minecraft® Social Group for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Minecraft®, often described as 'digital Lego', provides an ideal forum to help children with autism and related conditions to develop social and communication skills. This book offers guidance on how to use the game to support the learning of social and emotional concepts such as having a conversation, showing interest in others and understanding another person's point of view.

With over 100 pages of photocopiable and downloadable session plans, visuals and handouts, this manual is essential reading for professionals working with autism who are interested in introducing Minecraft® to support social skill development in their students.


'Motivation, in autism, switches us on! Outside of 'interest' connecting to social understanding is unlikely. The author of this book recognises this understanding. Such a resource is unique and has been a long time coming. I am excited by and highly recommend this insightful book.'
- Wenn B. Lawson (PhD) Psychology. AFBPsS; MAPs. Senior Consultant Complex Support. SA. Dept. of Ed. Disability, Policy & Planning

'Children with autism often develop talents in specific areas, such as playing computer games, but have difficulties with the social skills needed to develop friendships. This ingenious and engaging group programme uses motivation and game-playing talents to teach specific social skills. By discovering new worlds within Minecraft, the participants explore and acquire the social abilities needed to make friends.'
- Dr Tony Attwood, Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane


March's Autism Book of the Month is: Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Using Minecraft® ??
Sure Lego therapy is cool, but have you heard about how Minecraft is being used to develop social skills in autistic children?
A SUPER accessible step by step guide to improving communication ability in younger autists, 'Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Using Minecraft' stands apart from other stuffy autism support manuals by suggesting that the literal building blocks to verbal & collaborative success may lie in the global gaming phenomenon that is Minecraft: a creation simulator/videogame.
While, most autism support guides have a tendency to be quite dry, or assuming of how much a reader knows, TSSTCWAUS does a fantastic job of explaining why autistic people struggle socialising and it's clear explanations mean that there is plenty of autism lessons to learn (even if, by the end, you decide not to trial the new therapy).
An innovative read, set to shake up the world of autism therapies, I highly recommend 'Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Using Minecraft' for parents with autistic children born in the 2000s.

Autistic & Unapologetic



By (author): Raelene Dundon
Illustrated by: Chloe-Amber Scott