Digital Pictures to Enhance Storytelling amongst Special Needs Children

By Normaliza Abd Rahim, Arbaie Sujud, Yazariah Yacob and Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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English has a difficult role to play since it is the second language for most Malaysian and in the Malaysian Education system for the special needs as there is no special syllabus for the autistic children. Children with autism are expected to learn the same thing with the rest of the children in the normal school. Autistic children have difficulty to concentrate and therefore the same learning syllabus with the normal children will make them difficult in acquiring the language in a short time. Even though, the normal children will have the difficulty of learning the language but they have a lot of time to learn at home or with their friends around them. In other way, the autistic children will have to learn more than the normal children. Autism is a complex developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, though it is some times diagnosed much later. It affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills. Autism is a spectrum that encompasses a wide continuum of behavior (Bailey, D. B., Jr., D. D. Hatton, et al., 2001). Core features include impaired social interactions, impaired verbal and nonverbal communication and restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior. This paper focuses on Asperger syndrome which is also considered as autistic spectrum. This paper investigates Asperger children’s motivation level when using digital pictures in creating a short story in the task based English language classroom and investigate the language use in the short story created by asperger children when using digital camera in the task based English language classroom. It is hoped that digital pictures able to enhance storytelling amongst the special needs children.

Keywords: Asperger Syndrome, Autistic Children, Digital Pictures, Storytelling

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 578.476KB).

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Dr. Arbaie Sujud

Lecturer, Head of Department, Department of Malay Language,Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication,, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Arbaie Sujud is a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently he is the head of Malay Language Department. He teaches literature and multimedia and interested in research and development.

Yazariah Yacob

Lecturer, Department of English Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms. Yazariah Yacob is a lecturer at Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah is a lecturer in the Malay Language Department, Faculty of Modern languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia (UPM). She holds a Certificate of Education in Teaching Young Children, Bacelor of Education in Teaching Malay Language, Master Degree in Malay Studies (Semantic and Pragmatic) and her Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Her area of interests are Semantic and Pragmatic, Sosiopragmatic, Semantic Cognitive, Teaching Malay Language, Translation and Qualitatif Research in the Malay Studies. Currently supervising Masters and Ph.D students in mastering the qualitative research in Malay Linguistic and the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

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