Why you should do this course:

  • You would like to learn about autism
  • You would like to learn strategies to make your life easier
  • You want to be able to say "Yes, that's me!" or "No, that isn't me"
  • You want to know that there are others like you and that you are not alone in how you feel

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 the notes on each scene in the animation to understand what is going on.
  • Your own views: Think about whether or not you relate to The Girl With The Curly Hair. Observe how you might be similar or different to how she is.
  • Quizzes: Answer fun questions about the animation.
  • Certificate of completion: Download and print a certificate.

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 what you are about to learn.

Watch the full film first to gain a broad understanding.

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

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

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.

Read the notes that discuss the scene in detail and reflect on whether you are more similar or different to The Girl With The Curly Hair and maybe give some of your own thoughts and comments.

Reflection on what you might have learned about yourself.