Developing deaf or hard of hearing children's social and emotional skills through interactive experiences
Association for Computing Machinery
School of Arts and Humanities
Deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) individuals experience decreased awareness and ability to regulate emotions, which negatively affect their overall wellbeing. Digital media can positively influence personal growth. Existing research into educational interactive media for DHH individuals focus on pedagogy, literacy and numeracy. The void of understanding how interaction design can enhance the development of their social and emotional skills as well as overall wellbeing must be filled. This paper contemplates the findings of the author’s previous research that will contribute to the foundations of Can You Hear Me: Exploring designs of interactive experiences that enhance the emotional and social development of deaf and hard of hearing children, an exploratory research that aims to fill that void.