Why you should do this course:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of executive function and how it affects autistic people
  • Learn how to your autistic students become more organised, efficient, productive and independent
  • Learn how to help your autistic students develop flexible thinking skills
  • Learn how to adapt your teaching to support autistic students who struggle with executive function

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 struggling with executive function.
  • 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.


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). 

A simple explanation of what executive function is.

Why autistic people might have weak executive function and how it influences their mood and behaviour.

A look at how weak executive function hinders an autistic person’s ability to ignore distractions, causes rigid thinking, and creates problems adapting to change.

Strategies to improve executive function, including how to develop flexible thinking and how having routine and advance notice can help.

All about transitions.

How pacing the day’s activities, having an agenda, doing the same things, making time visible and having frequent breaks can all improve executive function.

Summary of the course.