Why you should do this course:

  • You want to understand what a day at university might be like for autistic students
  • You want to help autistic students to feel less anxious
  • You would like ideas on how you could adapt your teaching to support autistic students
  • You would like suggestions on how you could adapt your communication to interact with autistic students
  • You would like to help autistic students achieve their potential
  • You would like suggestions on what the university could have in place to help support autistic students

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 The Curly Hair carries out her early morning routine, which includes getting up very early so that she can submit an assignment even before the university day begins.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some things for you to reflect on about the autistic students you know.

The Girl With The Curly Hair arrives at university feeling hot and bothered.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some things for you to reflect on about the autistic students you know.

The Girl With The Curly Hair attends a lecture on ‘Markovnikovs rule’ (and feels distressed by the missing apostrophe on the slide).

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some things for you to reflect on about the autistic students you know.

The Girl With The Curly Hair struggles with practical work. She feels all muddled up working out which tubes in the experiment are supposed to go where.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some things for you to reflect on about the autistic students you know.

The Girl With The Curly Hair desperately needs some Alone Time, but her classmates persuade her to tag along with them.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some things for you to reflect on about the autistic students you know.

The class are chatting away, distracting The Girl With The Curly Hair from doing her work. Dr Mole warns that if they don’t finish, they’ll have to come back another time. 

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some things for you to reflect on about the autistic students you know.

The Girl With The Curly Hair is exhausted and really needs to walk home alone. She needs her own space. Her friend Zharnel however, insists on walking with her.

There follows on a detailed analysis of each learning point that this scene has captured. There are also some things for you to reflect on about the autistic students you know.

Reflection on what you have learned.