Why you should do this course:

  • You feel anxious and overwhelmed around people
  • You struggle to make friends or maintain relationships
  • You often feel isolated or disconnected from others
  • You feel as though you cannot be yourself during social interactions
  • You seem to need more time alone than others
  • You want to find ways to make socialising easier and more enjoyable

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 socialising 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).

Introduction to ‘socialising’ and the three difficulties autistic people have with social interaction, social communication and social imagination.

Social interaction can be difficult for autistic people because they have different interests, a different way of thinking, and may feel they are on a different wavelength.

Socialising can be difficult for autistic people because they have difficulty understanding tone of voice and body language.

Socialising can be difficult for autistic people because they have difficulty imagining and predicting how other people might think and feel.

An explanation of introversion and extroversion and a look at how autism affects introversion and extroversion. A reminder that autistic people can be extroverted.

A very important concept that can change your life! Understanding what ‘social energy’ is and how to manage your lifestyle, taking into account the amount of social energy a person has.

A look at how social anxiety might differ for autistic people.

A look at what masking is (hiding autistic behaviours), why autistic people mask, and how it affects the people who do it.

Tips that autistic people can use to avoid masking.

How other people can help autistic people mask less and looking at why masking is not always bad.

Learning fundamental social skills, using interests to facilitate socialising, learning exit strategies and having structure, are some strategies that can make socialising easier.

Why group situations can be difficult for autistic people and how to make them easier.

Why it’s important for others to know if a person has autism and/or social anxiety, how to tell someone, and who to tell.

Summary of the course.