Why you should do this course:

  • You would like to know how to better support autistic children
  • You would like to know how to communicate more effectively with autistic children
  • You would like to help autistic children integrate more successfully and make friends
  • You would like to know how to help autistic children to feel less anxious
  • You would like to encourage autistic children to express how they feel and parts of this course can be done together
  • You would like to know how to work together with the parents of autistic children in order to provide the best support for the child

Course Description:

  • Pre-learning questionnaire: Complete an online survey before you begin.
  • Animation: Watch a short animated film (13 minutes) that shows a day in the Reception class 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 prepares for her school day with her Mum’s help. She worries about knowing what to take for Show and Tell and wants to wear her coat even though it’s a hot 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 Girl With The Curly Hair experiences separation anxiety when her Mum leaves her at the school gate. She feels lost in the school corridor.

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 can’t find a partner to walk with to the Assembly hall. She doesn’t like Assembly.

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.

Whilst the other children go outside and play hopscotch, The Girl With The Curly Hair would rather be in the class with Harry the Hamster.

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 hates speaking at the front of the class. As she shows the item she has brought, she feels a bit confused by Mrs’ Davies’ questions.

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 hates the smell in the dining hall.

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 loves Harry the Hamster. He has become her special interest.

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 attempts to read her book to Mr May. She is distracted by Harry…

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 enjoys speaking very factually and specifically to her child minder about Harry the Hamster.

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.