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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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National Best-Seller! Teach your students the Circles rules of intimacy, social boundaries and interpersonal skills.

The Circles® VideoModeling® Curriculum teaches social and relationship boundaries, interpersonal skills, 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.

What is the Circles Curriculum

The Circles Program teaches social distance and levels of intimacy through the use of six color-coded concentric circles. Starting from the center circle, which represents the self, each new colored circle represents behaviors, feelings, and actions appropriate to the distance from the center of self. For example, a person may hug and kiss members of the family, people in the Blue Hug Circle, but only wave to the mailman, who would be in the distant orange wave circle.

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:

What are the different Levels of the Circles Programs

Circles Level 1: Intimacy & Relationships — Divided into two parts, “Social Boundaries” and “Relationships Building,” this program is an ideal introduction to the Circles Paradigm, especially for students with mild to moderate cognitive impairment.

Circles Level 2: Intimacy & Relationships — With its “reality show” format, this new expanded version of Circles is ideal for illustration the more subtle application of the Circles Paradigm. This makes the perfect “Second Step” for students with mild to moderate cognitive challenged and can also be used as a stand-alone introduction for higher functioning and regular students.

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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    DiOnne Pruitt

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is fantastic.

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