Autism Spectrum Australia

Minecraft and the Aspect Autism in Education Conference

  • Posted: Mon, 04/08/2014 - 2:29pm

What an amazing couple of days it was at the inaugural Aspect Autism in Education Conference in Sydney. Thanks to everyone who was involved in making the Conference such a resounding success.

There were more than 450 delegates from Australia and overseas, including more than 60 parents/carers and 25 people who identified as being on the autism spectrum. Speakers covered topics from mental health to model classrooms; from challenging behaviour to using iPads in schools.

If you say the word 'Minecraft" almost every child in Australia will instantly know what you mean. To see how teachers can incorporate Minecraft - and other obsessions that children who have autism latch on to - into their learning environment and enhance their literacy and numeracy, watch the SBS story that was captured at the Conference last week:

CLICK HERE to watch the story

Conference Chair Trevor Clark said “We were very happy with our inaugural Conference, and have had very positive feedback from both delegates and presenters, with the most positive feedback being the repeated call for another Conference – so watch this space!”

A highlight was the art exhibition, featuring artwork from all of our eight schools and their satellite classes. The silent auction raised $3200 for our schools. We were also thrilled to be entertained by two dance troupes – Everyone Can Dance at the Welcome drinks, and Dance Fever, featuring Aspect Vern Barnett children, at the closing session.

With workshops, posters, lectures, personal experiences, and more, it was a Conference to remember.

Minecraft and the Aspect Autism in Education Conference