Why you should do this course:

  • You want to understand what a day at school might be like for your autistic teenager
  • You want to help your autistic teenager to feel less anxious at school
  • You want to help your autistic teenager to feel more confident at school
  • You want to help your autistic teenager to better manage their friendships
  • You would like ideas about how school staff could better support your autistic teenager
  • You would like to engage with your autistic teenager and think they would enjoy the animations that this course provides
  • You would like to help your autistic teenager to better understand themselves

Course Description:

  • Pre-learning questionnaire: You complete an online survey before you begin.
  • Animation: Watch an animated short film (13 minutes) that shows a day at secondary school for the autistic character, The Girl With The Curly Hair.
  • Analyses: Read a detailed analysis on each scene in the film that discusses each learning point highlighted in the animation.
  • Your own ideas: Think about what you might add to each learning point that has been discussed.
  • Quizzes: Answer questions to check your understanding along the way.
  • Certificate of completion: Download and print a certificate for your CV or learning development.

This course was written and created by autistic author and founder of The Curly Hair Project, Alis Rowe.

Modules:

Optional introduction to our work.

An outline of how this course should be taken.

Watch the full film first to gain a broad overview. The film gives you the background for the rest of the course.

The Girl With Curly Hair anxiously packs her bag for school and eats the ‘wrong’ corn flakes for breakfast.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

Unlike her classmates who walk together in a group, The Girl With Curly Hair still walks to school with her Mum.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

Registration seems to be a very casual and relaxed time, when the rest of the class chat and listen to music. The Girl With Curly Hair feels isolated.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

The Girl With Curly Hair finds mass and mole calculations easy. Everybody else finds them hard.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

The Girl With Curly Hair goes to the library. It’s the only place that’s quiet.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

The Girl With Curly Hair feels anxious about participating in groupwork because her best friend is moved to another group.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

The Girl With Curly Hair goes to a quiet corridor hidden away, whilst everyone else is in the playground.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

The Girl With The Curly Hair has dreaded the P.E. lesson all day.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

The class have to read out loud from the book they are studying. The Girl With The Curly Hair dreads speaking in front of everyone.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

The Girl With Curly Hair worries about being let out of school late, then worries when her friend invites her to go to her house. She feels exhausted.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some questions that you can ask your autistic child to see how they respond.

A brief reflection on what you have learned.

What Parents Say...

“I can so see my daughter in this.”

“Hard to watch because it’s so true. Compulsory viewing for teachers and parents.”

“This reflects so many things that my daughter tells me about her school.”

“Very helpful, thank you.

“It’s so exhausting for our beautiful children.”

“Like a story of our daughter.”

“Very powerful.”

“Hard to watch, but gets the points across very well.”

“Excellent and so practical.”

“Should be shown to all school pupils and teachers.”

“That was emotional.”