I was so excited when I heard a podcast about Autcraft this morning, I couldn’t wait another day to tell you about it.
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Stuart Duncan the father of a child with Autism is the creator of AutCraft. As its name implies AutCraft is the first online video game exclusively for children with autism. He is also the creator of Autism from a Father’s Point of View but that is a blog post of its own. AutCraft uses a whitelist server, a safe online environment for kids, to allow children with autism the opportunity to play online gaming without bullying, bad language or being blocked by other players. To play AutCraft, you must visit the AutCraft website and fill out an application. The information provided on the application, including your gamer tag is used to investigate your online gamer history.
Take a look at the following TED talk given by Stuart Duncan explaining how his desire to give his son a safe place to play and be social has positively affected thousands of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
You can also check out the AutCraft Facebook page to see videos, photos, and posts about AutCraft. You can also send messages via messenger to ask any questions that you might have.
I have personally not played AutCraft. It takes approximately two weeks to have your application reviewed and I don’t even have a gamer tag or autism so I imagine it is highly unlikely I would qualify.
I would love to hear from you if your child tries AutCraft. As a speech-language pathologist, I am beyond excited about the possible social opportunities AutCraft may provide.