Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number4 December 2021 Pp.132 -141
Augmented Reality Mobile Application for Children with Autism : Stakeholders’
Acceptance and Thoughts
Haida Umiera Hashim
English and Linguistics Department, Academy of Language Studies
Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Melor Md Yunus
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia
Corresponding author : firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia
Received: 8/27/2021 Accepted: 10/4/2021 Published:12/15/2021
American Psychiatric Association defined autism spectrum disorder as a neurological disorder due to which a diagnosed child may face difficulty in social communication or have a repeated or restricted set of behaviors. Learners with autism are primarily visual strategy learners, and they tend to learn better through pictures and images. Due to their cognitive disabilities, most learners with autism struggle to acquire new vocabulary. There have been many inventions invented by researchers all over the world to help autistic children with their education; however, not much emphasis put on the interventions that can assist autistic children with their English vocabulary learning process. Hence, this study intends to investigate the stakeholders’ acceptance and thoughts on the use of augmented reality mobile applications for children with autism. This study is a qualitative research study where interviews are used as an instrument to gather stakeholders’ views on the usefulness of the designed and developed augmented reality technology mobile application. This study involved seven respondents who come from different backgrounds and in different field areas. The results have gathered that the designed and developed mobile application has the prospect of helping children with autism with their English language learning process. With further improvements, the designed and developed mobile application is believed to be able to help autistic children to learn English vocabulary in a more exciting yet meaningful manner and at the same time help to spark their interest in their English vocabulary language learning process.
Keywords : autism spectrum disorder, augmented reality, English as Secondary Language learning, English vocabulary, mobile learning, mobile application
Cite as: Hashim, H. U., Md Yunus, M., & Norman, H. (2021). Augmented Reality Mobile Application for Children with Autism : Stakeholders’ Acceptance and Thoughts. Arab World English Journal, 12 (4)
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