As a social media sceptic (yes - an online therapist and telehealth leader who is a social media sceptic), I am well placed to comment on social media platforms that rise above the rest. Autcraft captured my imagination as it is a Minecraft server that is specifically tailored to families with Autism. Founded in 2013, the Autcraft world seeks to provide a place of refuge from bullying and discrimination, and promote respect, responsibility, compassion, and helpfulness. There's a 'thinking about others' system, and calm rooms as well. When I first joined Autcraft as an Occupational Therapist (aka AutOT), I was overwhelmed with how friendly and helpful everyone was. I had offers to give me a tour of the world, was given some armour, and was even given a house that a player had made! Everyone seemed so friendly. I was genuinely touched. They play games and challenges together and generally have a fun interactive time. Last week they even had fireworks (for 4th July celebrations). Autcraft is suitable for beginners and advanced alike, with players offering helpful hints to the less experienced to get them going. I can see why Autcraft claims that players become more positive role models, increase their communication, improve their reading, make friends, and have less meltdowns. I could see how players could genuinely find a community that they could potentially connect with outside the game as well (whilst exercising the usual precautions of course). There are currently 12,000 players on the Autcraft whitelist, so there are players with a range of interests to mingle with. I use Autcraft in my private practice like the popular Lego Therapy groups. It's great for kids who are not interested in traditional forms of therapy.
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