Gaming Group

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Minecraft™ is the very definition of unlimited possibilities. The open world is your blank canvas to build and create anything you like.

So what happens when you play with friends? What happens when you collectively set goals and targets? Can you work well with others?

Gaming Group is about learning to communicate, be self-aware, control your emotions and plan with others, using Minecraft™. Build your communication and problem solving skills, while having a lot of fun and making friends at the same time.

To view our upcoming sessions, click here.

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Age

10-17
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Diagnosis

  • Aspergers
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder
  • Autism/PDD
  • Brain Injury (Acquired)
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  • Brain Tumor
  • Developmental Delay (0-8 years only)
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Obessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychiatric Disability
  • Stroke
  • Williams Syndrome
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Benefits of using Minecraft™ for kids with Autism

Minecraft provides a fun environment where children are encouraged to participate in social interactions using the game. Gaming Group gives children the opportunity to understand the logic behind why people are expected to act a certain way in the game. The aim of this therapy group is to aid children to apply this logic to real-world situations, as well as:

  • Improve their ability to collaborate and solve problems with others
  • Adapt to situational changes and expectations
  • Improve social communication skills
  • Build on their strengths and interests
  • Foster positive social interaction with peers.
Program Structure

Gaming Group is available in both face-to-face and virtual formats.

Face to Face
  • 6 x 2-hour group sessions.
Virtual
  • 6 x 90 minute group sessions
  • 30 minutes pre-group set up session with parent/carer.

Sessions are facilitated by a qualified therapist who supports the participants to develop and practise skills such as:

  • Social communication
  • Planning
  • Organisation
  • Attention
  • Self-regulation.

FAQ

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What is Gaming Group?

Gaming Group is a school holiday therapy group that uses Minecraft® to improve verbal and non-verbal communication, sharing and turn-taking for young people living with Autism.

Who is it for?

Gaming Group is best suited to children aged 10-17 years who have:

  • An interest in Minecraft or other video games
  • Emerging skills in understanding the thoughts and feelings of themselves and others
  • Have the ability to express themselves.
Who’s eligible for Gaming Group?

Gaming Group is best suited for children aged 10-17 years who:

  • Have an interest in Minecraft or other video games
  • Have emerging skills in understanding the thoughts and feelings of themselves and others
  • Have the ability to express themselves.

If this sounds like your child, register your interest and a Therapy Administration team member will contact you to confirm eligibility.

Where is it held?

Gaming Group is held at Rocky Bay hubs right across the Perth metro area during school holidays. It is also available as virtual sessions.

What do I need to participate?

For face-to-face groups, nothing! Just bring yourself and Rocky Bay will provide the games and controllers as required. For virtual sessions, you will need to ensure you can access the game via a server. You will also need to ensure you can set up the TeleHealth session on a separate device. The group admins can assist you with this set up.

What funding is available?

You can access services if you have an NDIS plan, Disability Services Commission funding, Medicare or if you want to fund your own services. We can also support you through the planning process if you do not have a plan already. Pricing also includes assessment, case notes and a report at the conclusion of the group.

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