What you'll learn:

  • what is meant by the term 'sensory processing'
  • how autistic people are affected by sensory processing
  • the differences between hyper- (over-) and hypo- (under-) sensitivity
  • how to manage hyper- and hypo-sensitivity
  • the dangers of hypo-sensitivity
  • how to communicate about sensory discomfort
  • how autistic people are affected by interoception

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 sensory challenges 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.


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).

What is meant by ‘sensory processing’, the 7 senses, and introduction to the ideas, ‘The Filter’ and ‘The Sensory Buckets’.

Explanation and examples of over-sensitivity (hyper-sensivity).

Explanation and examples of under-sensitivity (hypo-sensivity).

Understanding what interoception is and how it can be affected in autistic people.

Strategies to improve exercise, sleep and diet, taking into account sensory challenges.

How autistic people can help themselves to feel comfortable and how they and others can use ‘The 6 Golden Rules’.

How to talk to other people about your sensory processing challenges and how other people can be supportive.

Summary of the course.