The impact of online computer games or minecraft on relationship skills of children with hearing loss or autism

Omar Alawajee

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Deaf and hard of hearing children (DHH) and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have been identified as having relations challenges and difficulties or/and mental health difficulties due to the function of the disability. This research is intended to provide a better understanding of the role of online computer games in the relationships skills and mental health problems of children with ASD and DHH. Minecraft/Autcraft is selected as an example of a highly recognised online computer game. This investigation uses mixed methods for data collection, and it consists of two studies: an exploratory questionnaire (part 1) and case studies (part 2). Part 1 will be distributed in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and it has three main sections: A) Autism Quotient, B) Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, and C) online computer games and Minecraft Questionnaire. Part 2 is case studies will be selected from the KSA, and consist of a post-survey, observation, and interview. Research sample will be children should be between 8 to 12 old children from three groups: deaf and hard of hearing, children with autism and children without a disability as well as their parents This study offers three hypotheses: (1) Children with hearing difficulties and/or autism play Minecraft more than others due to their social development; (2) The more children interact with others through Minecraft, the better their mental health; and (3) The more children interact with others through Minecraft, the better their quality and quantity of relationships with others.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2017
EventScottish Education Research Association (SERA) Annual Conference : Educational futures in a changing landscape: bridging boundaries or "mind the gap"? - University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017


ConferenceScottish Education Research Association (SERA) Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleSERA
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • hearing loss
  • autism
  • mental health
  • Minecraft

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