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“The Circles Curriculum was fantastic!  I saw real improvements in the students I worked with learning how to interact appropriately with others.” –Karina Cartwright, Supported Employment Program

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The Circles® VideoModeling® Curriculum teaches social and relationship boundaries and relationship-specific social skills, using a simple multi-layer circle diagram to demonstrate the different relationship levels students will encounter in daily life.  Circles is a concrete, organizational paradigm for students with special educational needs that helps them learn to act and interact in self-enhancing ways.  This curriculum uses principles of behavior psychology and proven techniques in special education that help students to generalize their learning across many settings: school, home, social and vocational.

The Circles method has been used successfully to teach students with learning disabilities, mild to severe mental disabilities, emotional handicaps, autism, sensory impairments and affective disorders. The programs are flexible, meaning that each individual teacher can personalize each lesson to address the specific needs of his or her own class. The more familiar the teacher becomes with the Circles concept, the more applications she or he will find.

The Circles Curriculum utilizes the Special Education teaching and pedagogical strategies below. These strategies are considered to be Best Practices in Special Education and social skills training and have been well documented in the literature that prepares Special Education teacher candidates for educating students with unique learning styles:

1. Role-modeling
2. Color- coding
3. Pairing
4. Expressive non-verbal communication
5. Rehearsal Strategies
6. Repetition
7. Experiential Social Skills Activities
8. Group Problem Solving
9. Role-playing practice
10. Opportunities to generalize into real life
11. Developmental models that address many levels of learning and cantilevers learning experiences
12. Self-efficacy training
13. Non-language based instructional materials
14. Multi-modal learning opportunities

Circles Curriculum is composed of (3) Programs:

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