Effect of Electronic Games on Problem-Solving Skills in a Sample of Hearing-Impaired Children in Pre-School

Maryam H. O. Turkestani

Abstract


This study aimed to answer the question of whether the Tablet devices affected children's problem solving skills in hearing-impaired children. It was conducted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The research involved sixteen five-year-old hearing-impaired children and divided these children equally into two groups (experimental and control group). The experimental hearing-impaired children played with an iPad devices for a period of 6 months. The children were assessed at entry to the study on their problem solving capacities, in order to compare their development, using four subscales of the British Ability Scale-II (BAS-II). The four sub-scales were non-verbal. The results revealed significant differences between the experimental and control groups in their capacity to solve problems, using four subscales of the BAS II: Block Building (BB), Picture Similarities (PS), Pattern Construction (PC) and Copying (C), which showed the effectiveness of the technology devices on the skills of hearing impaired children.

 


Keywords


Electronic games, hearing impaired children, tablets, British Ability Scale-ii (bas-II), problem- solving skills.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jeps.vol10iss2pp236-254

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