Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number2.  June 2022                                             Pp. 490-499

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Teaching High Functioning Children with Autism: Considerations for Vocabulary
Course Design Using Technology

Faizah Abd Majid
Faculty of Education,
Universiti Teknologi MARA,
Corresponding author:

Shireena Basree Abd Rahman
Faculty of Education,
Universiti Teknologi MARA,

Muhamad Fairus Kamaruzaman
College of Creative Arts,
Universiti Teknologi MARA,


Received: 3/11/2022           Accepted: 6/11/2022                  Published: 6/24/2022


This paper highlights one of the most critical aspects of facilitating vocabulary learning among children with autism. Several pertinent issues serve as the focus of the paper; vocabulary course design for high functioning children with autism and the relevant considerations required when teaching them using technology. To explore these issues, a qualitative design using content analysis through extensive literature review was conducted. The content analysis included a critical examination of the features of children with autism and their learning and the theories of vocabulary course design and its principles. The analysis brought to light relevant considerations following the five factors as identified from the critical examination of the literature. Hence, this paper proposes course design for high functioning children with autism considerations. Curriculum designers, syllabus writers and instructors for children with autism could expect to benefit from this paper. This paper also recommends quantitative research such as a survey with the relevant stakeholders to confirm or enrich the data from the present study.
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorders, high functioning children with autism, technology in education, vocabulary course

Cite as:    Abd Majid, F.,   Abd Rahman, S. B., &  Kamaruzaman, M. F.  (2022). Teaching High Functioning Children with Autism: Considerations for Vocabulary Course Design Using Technology . Arab World English Journal, 13 (2) 490-499.


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Received: 3/11/2022 
Accepted: 6/11/2022
Published: 6/24/2022   

Faizah Abd Majid is a Professor in Adult and Higher Education at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA. She has vast experiences in research and publication in the areas of TESL, teaching and learning. Recently she is involved in a special funded project on the use of technology in teaching children with autism. ORCID ID

Shireena Basree Abdul Rahman is an Associate Professor in English Literature and Early Childhood Education at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA. She has keen interest in early education and her latest research involves an ethnographic study on the learning development of an individual with autism. ORCID ID

Muhamad Fairus Kamaruzaman is an Associate Professor in Graphic Design at the College of Creative Arts, Universiti Teknologi MARA. His main research focus is the use of technology in teaching and learning among school children. He is currently involved in a research project looks into the graphic design suitable for children with autism. ORCID ID