Minecraft Social Skills Group

Our Minecraft Social Skills group is suitable for children ages 6-12 years old who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and who do not engage in severe challenging behaviour. This group is designed for students who have an interest in Minecraft as we incorporate game-playing talents and exploration of new worlds to teach social skills.

Minecraft is useful for teaching social communication skills in the following ways:

  1. Communication: All players in the group will be put into pairs. This allows players to communicate with one another and provides an opportunity for players to practice their communication skills, including active listening, clear speaking, and respectful language.
  2. Collaboration: Minecraft is a game that requires players to work together to achieve goals. Players can practice teamwork and collaboration by completing tasks together, such as building structures.

  3. Problem-solving: Minecraft players are often faced with challenges that require them to think creatively and find solutions. This can be an excellent opportunity to practice problem-solving skills and learn how to work through challenges.

  4. Empathy: Minecraft players may encounter others who are struggling or need help. This can be a great opportunity to practice empathy by offering support and encouragement.

  5. Conflict resolution: As with any community, there may be conflicts that arise in the Minecraft world. Players can practice conflict resolution skills by finding ways to peacefully resolve conflicts and maintain positive relationships with others.

In addition, we use evidence-based teaching strategies such as video modeling, visual supports, and naturalistic teaching. Children in this group will be learning and working on the following skills:

This group will use Minecraft to learn how to show interest in others, using our “social filer”, following the “social rules”, and problem solving in social situations

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This group will focus on learning basic Minecraft skills and etiquette, effective communication and collaboration, empathy and perspective-taking, problem-solving and critical thinking, and leadership and self-advocacy.

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