CIRCLES- Social Distance & Relationship Boundaries

Circles Curriculum

We love Circles! The programs have been indispensable teaching tools for our Autism and DD programs – Barbara Tylenda

Teach your students two vital social skills:
1) Respecting Social Distance
2) Relationship Boundaries 

Circles is a concrete, organizational paradigm for students with special needs that helps them learn to act and interact in self enhancing ways.

This national best seller features:

  • VideoModeling so your students don’t have to learn the hard way!
  • A simple multi-layer diagram to demonstrate different relationships
  • Social boundaries, sexual distance, and relationship topics
  • Our unique TOUCH, TALK, & TRUST model
  • Teacher guides, 300 peel n stick icons, large laminated graph icons,
    personal student graphs, & a giant teaching wall graph
  • And more!

Circles Level 1


  • Teaches social distance & relationship building
  • TOUCH, TALK, & TRUST model
  • Teaches how intimacy levels change as relationships change
  • Teaches how to recognize exploitative relationships
  • Step by step dramatizations
  • Helps your students “see” social boundaries
  • And more!

Circles Level 2

If you like CIRCLES then you’ll love CIRCLES LEVEL 2 – Susan Simon


  • Alternative Intimacy Level Signs
  • Circle Jumping: when it’s OK and when it’s not!
  • Reversal of Intimacy Level
  • Rejecting Intimacy and Having Intimacy Rejected
  • Relationship dissolutions
  • And more!




  • Teaches how to recognize exploitation
  • Teaches how to react to exploitation
  • Teaches how to avoid exploitation
  • Teaches appropriate protective behaviors
  • Includes 12 student stories
  • Step by step lessons and strategies to recognize abusive behavior
  • And more!

For many years Circles has provided the children and adolescents we serve a concrete way of understanding the abstract concepts of relationships and relationship safety – Barbara Tylenda


iCircles app