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Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Using Minecraft®: A Step by Step Guide

by Raelene Dundon Jessica Kingsley US Titles
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Pbk 224 pages
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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
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 150 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.

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1. 1. What are social skills? 2. How are social skills impaired in children with Autism? 3. How can group programs support children with Autism to develop social skills? 4. What is Minecraft? 5. Why use Minecraft to teach social skills? Part 2. 6. Getting set up. 7. Running the program. 8. Sessions plans and handouts. Part 3: Resources. 9. Minecraft Money. 10. Minecraft Snakes and Ladders. 11. Helpful websites. Bibliography.

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.
Raelene Dundon is a registered psychologist and the Director of Okey Dokey Childhood Psychology. She is a mother of three children, two of whom have autism, and is based in Melbourne, Australia.