What you'll learn:

  • what is meant by communication
  • how autistic people might communicate differently
  • how to more effectively communicate with autistic people
  • what empathy really means and why becoming empathetic is really important
  • how to put yourself in the shoes of an autistic person
  • how to improve your communication skills generally, e.g. listening, getting to the point and using eye contact and tone of voice
  • the different preferences people have for communication, e.g. visual or auditory

Course Description:

  • Pre-learning questionnaire: You complete an online survey before you begin.
  • Narrated Presentation: You watch, read and listen to the learning materials.
  • Animations: Unique, charming, sweet animations based around the central character, The Girl With The Curly Hair, and her experiences of communicating with people in different situations.
  • Visuals and infographics: No plain writing!
  • Reflections: You reflect on central questions about the topic and record your thoughts in the assignments.
  • Questions: Answer questions to check your understanding along the way.
  • Notes: Print a set of summary course notes for your records.
  • Certificate of completion: Download and print a certificate for your CV or learning development.

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

Modules:

Optional introduction to our work, explanation of the terms ‘neurotypical’ and ‘autistic’, and a quick explanation of the colours (blue and green) and characters we use (The Girl With The Curly Hair, The Boy With The Spiky Hair and the neurotypical stick figures). 

Explanation of what communication is and how people communicate using the combination of words, body language and tone of voice.

A look at how autistic people might take things literally and struggle deciphering hidden meanings.

A look at how autistic people might struggle regulating the volume of their voice, what some consequences are for autistic people of not understanding tone of voice and body language, and how autistic people can use ‘The 4 Characters’ to improve their communication.

Discussion of why autistic people can be very good at communicating because they can be very clear and concise.

A look at the VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic) learning styles and how they can influence a person’s communication.

A look at what empathy is using two ideas from around “putting yourself in another person’s shoes” and ‘The 3 Levels of Connecting With Someone’. Ideas on how to be a more empathetic person.

Strategies to improve communication, including reducing environmental distractions, the importance of understanding the bigger picture, and taking time before making a decision.

The importance of getting to the point.

Tips on how to be a better listener.

Summary of the course.