How Minecraft Is Helping People With Autism And Aspergers

Minecraft may just seem like a game to many people. However, Minecraft, for others, is so much more than that. It has been proven to help those who are suffering from Asperger syndrome ‘improve’ their life. Here, we are going to look at a few of the different ways in which it has been able to accomplish this.

Lack of Rules

Many autism sufferers who play Minecraft have been interviewed. They state that one of the things that they really, really love about the game is the fact that there are absolutely no rules. They are free to do whatever they want in the game. As you may well know, autism sufferers tend to really love to follow the rules and have a set routine. However, things are different in Minecraft. They seem to love the freedom.

It is an easy game to understand

People with autism do not like tons of different rules to jump into, or loads of button combinations to learn. This is not going to be an issue for those who are playing Minecraft. Why? Because there are only a few different things to learn. This is a game which children have been able to jump into right away and learn. This is probably one of the simplest, and yet one of the most expansive, games on the market.

Creativity

One of the wonderful things about Minecraft is that it enables a person to be creative. As we mentioned previously, there are absolutely no rules within Minecraft. People are free to create whatever their heart desires, and those who suffer from autism tend to be very creative. Those who are not creative tend to operate within fixed boundaries. In any case, playing Minecraft is going to help them. They are going to allow them to operate how they want and really tinker with the game world. Basically, it helps with creativity.

The best part is that the person will learn various concepts along the way. For example; one of the key features of Minecraft is the ability to create Redstone Circuits, which you can think of as akin to Electronic Circuits, albeit with a few key differences. This enables the person to learn various core concepts, which is fantastic!

Communication

One of the major benefits of Minecraft is that it has an online multiplayer mode. Surprisingly, many people with Asperger syndrome enjoy playing in this multiplayer mode. It allows them to have social interactions that they may not have in their day-to-day life. This is really going to help them benefit in the long run. If they are able to get on the right server when it comes to the game, everybody that they interact with is going to be forgiving. They will be able to practice their social skills with no real ‘complaints’ about it.

So, if your child is suffering from autism, you may find that Minecraft is one of the better games out there for them to try.

This article was written by Ryan Gillam

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