What do you get when you cross fun technology with kids on the Autism Spectrum?
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of Minecraft before. Minecraft is a free-form game that becomes what ever the players want it to be. It is by far my son’s favorite past time.
Late this past summer, we joined a homeschool Minecraft club. They meet year ’round on Monday afternoons, and I promise you’ve never seen anything like it before. The players range in age from 4 up to 40+, because yes. some of the moms play too. I’ll be honest when I say it is the very first time I’ve ever felt like “odd Mom out” in a TECHIE setting, since I don’t play.
In my search for friends who “get” my son and his particular passions/obsessions, we began attending the Club.
I figured that if he can find other kids who speak his language, who love what he loves, then friendships will be easier.
And they have been. The hope is that as he goes consistently, since he is 14, that other teens who only come sporadically (because there are so many younger kids) will begin going regularly.
It has been happening. More teens are coming, and those friendships are developing. There’s nothing like a shared interest to give friendships a strong basis. It’s awesome.
Nerds used to have a bad rap, but these days, being a nerd is cool.
Being a nerd is often seen as a positive thing. Many nerds grow up to enter prosperous fields of work and earn enough to raise a family and plan for the future. Since so many Autism Spectrum kids have strong nerd tendencies, this can only give me hope for his future.
Long live the nerds! 🙂
Encourage your Minecraft Nerds to learn more about programming with these programs from the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op!
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