What you'll learn:
- what social challenges autistic people have
- how to support autistic people to have better social experiences
- how to help autistic people manage friendships
- how introversion and extroversion affects autistic people
- how social anxiety might be different for autistic people
- how to help autistic people feel less anxious during social situations
- what 'masking' is, how it affects autistic people, and how to help autistic people avoid masking
- how autistic people can communicate their social difficulties to others
- 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.
Introduction to The Curly Hair Project
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 Socialising?
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.
Introversion & Extroversion
An explanation of introversion and extroversion and a look at how autism affects introversion and extroversion. A reminder that autistic people can be extroverted.
Social Energy Theory
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.
Masking, Part 1
A look at what masking is, why autistic people mask, and how it affects the people who do it.
Masking, Part 2
Tips that autistic people can use to avoid masking.
Masking, Part 3
How other people can help autistic people mask less and looking at why masking is not always bad.
Strategies to Make Socialising Easier, Part 1
Learning fundamental social skills, using interests to facilitate socialising, learning exit strategies and having structure, are some strategies that can make socialising easier.
Strategies to Make Socialising Easier, Part 2
Why group situations can be difficult for autistic people and how to make easier.
Telling People About Autism & Social Anxiety
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.