Why you should do this course:

  • You have patients who are on the autism spectrum
  • You want to learn more about autism
  • You have patients who could be on the autism spectrum
  • You want to have better understanding and empathy for autistic people

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 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.
  • Case Studies: Download a selection of ‘reasonable adjustment’ scenarios.
  • 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).

Definition of autism, the 4 ways in which autism affects people, some important things to know about autism, and introduction to ‘The Glass Jar Theory’.

How autism affects a person’s senses (smell, hearing, sight, taste and touch).

How autism affects a person’s experiences of socialising. A look at social communication, social imagination and interests.

How autism affects a person’s learning style, preferred learning environment, and how someone who is autistic can have very good attention to detail.

Autistic people might struggle when there is “too much information” and need things to be broken down clearly and concisely.

How autistic people might think differently.

Autistic people might have a strong need for routine and sameness.

A brief look at why autistic people feel anxious most of the time.

How autism affects women and girls, including a section on ‘masking’ (hiding autistic behaviours).

Why a person may want or may not want a diagnosis.

Autistic people can be introverted or extroverted.

What is meant by the term ‘reasonable adjustments’ and what sorts of things can be done to make things such as going to work and visiting the GP easier for autistic people.

Summary of the course.