Circles Level 1

Circles Level 1

This classic video program, used in thousands of facilities across the U.S. and Canada for over 30 years, teaches your students to recognize exploitative relationships as well as develop mutually respectful ones. The Circles program assists students in discriminating different levels of intimacy and adapting their behaviors accordingly. The program teaches students how relationships can be formed and maintained according to the social norms & social boundaries of our day and age. Thus, the Circles program lays the foundation for people with disabilities to manage the amount of personal responsibility and social integration available to them.

Circles Intimacy & Relationships: Level 1, presents to special needs students some extremely abstract concepts in a very simple and concrete manner. The connection between the kind of relationship and the corresponding level of intimacy is demonstrated visually, making it easy for students to understand this important concept. This program uses step-by-step dramatizations, so it is an ideal introduction to the Circle Paradigm, especially for students with mild to moderate cognitive impairment.

The original Circles Paradigm was conceived and written by Marklyn P. Champagne, RN, MSW and Leslie Walker-Hirsch, IMEd, FAAIDD.

Circles Intimacy & Relationships: Level 1, has been completely remade and includes many additions to further emphasize the guidelines of social boundaries as well as to apply the Circles Paradigm to current cultural and technological trends.

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Circles Level 1

19 Videos

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 1: All About Me/Purple Private Circle

    You are the most important person in your world! Students will learn that no one touches you unless you want to be touched. It conveys the specialness and autonomy of the individual and provides the point of view for all relations. Sophia walks us through the motions of what life is like in the P...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 2: My Family/Blue Big Hug Circle

    Surrounding the Purple Private Circle is the Blue Big Hug Circle. In this circle, students will learn that there are very few people who you hug and who hug you closely. Some of these people include your mother or father (parent figure), girlfriend or boyfriend (sweetheart). These are the people ...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 3: My Sweetheart/Blue Big Hug Circle

    Surrounding the Purple Private Circle is the Blue Big Hug Circle. In this circle, students will learn that there are very few people who you hug and who hug you closely. Some of these people include your mother or father (parent figure), girlfriend or boyfriend (sweetheart). These are the people ...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 4: My Relatives/Green Far Away Hug Circle

    Sophia guides students through her experiences within the Green Far Away Hug Circle. In this circle, students will learn that there are a few more people you give far away hugs to (i.e., a friendly but not intimate hug) such as your friend or on a special occasion. It generally includes less phys...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 5: My Closest Friends/Green Far Away Hug Circle

    Sophia guides students through her experiences within the Green Far Away Hug Circle. In this circle, students will learn that there are a few more people you give far away hugs to (i.e., a friendly but not intimate hug) such as your friend or on a special occasion. It generally includes less phys...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 6: My Neighbors/Yellow Handshake Circle

    The Yellow Handshake Circle is all about acquaintances. There is no emotional attachment and only limited physical contact. This fourth concentric circle surrounds the green. Sophia will explain why this circle is so important when dealing with touch, talk, and trust. The “handshake” is the symbo...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 7: My Teachers/Yellow Handshake Circle

    The Yellow Handshake Circle is all about acquaintances. There is no emotional attachment and only limited physical contact. This fourth concentric circle surrounds the green. Sophia will explain why this circle is so important when dealing with touch, talk, and trust. The “handshake” is the symbo...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 8: Youthful Acquaintances/Yellow Handshake Circle

    The Yellow Handshake Circle is all about acquaintances. There is no emotional attachment and only limited physical contact. This fourth concentric circle surrounds the green. Sophia will explain why this circle is so important when dealing with touch, talk, and trust. The “handshake” is the symbo...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 9: Children/Orange Wave Circle

    In the Orange Wave Circle, Sophia video models why there is no physical or emotional closeness within this circle. This circle typically includes children and other familiar faces. The “wave” is the symbol of this circle relationship.

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 10: Community Helpers/Red Stranger Circle

    The community helper is the star of this episode. Students will learn why the community helper is defined by the job they do. Interaction is not emotional unless it relates directly to the job. Sophia has necessary touch with service providers and health workers. Touch, talk, and trust are strict...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 11: Health Workers/Red Stranger Circle

    The community helper is the star of this episode. Students will learn why the community helper is defined by the job they do. Interaction is not emotional unless it relates directly to the job. Sophia has necessary touch with service providers and health workers. Touch, talk, and trust are strict...

  • L1 - Part 1 - Ep 12: Total Strangers/Red Total Stranger Space

    Strangers have no place in trust, talk, or touch. These are unknown people and there is no need for interaction. This means no talk, touch, or trust for anyone you don’t know in person, online or over the phone.

  • L1 - Part 2 - Ep 1: Getting to Know You/Red to Blue

    This episode aims to increase awareness of developing romantic relationships. This episode shows students how a relationship can change from being a Red Stranger Circle to Blue Big Hug Circle (Sweetheart).

  • L1 - Part 2 - Ep 2: Becoming Friends/Red to Green

    This episode shows how to create opportunities to practice the social skills related to friendship. This episode shows students how a relationship can change from being a Red Stranger Circle to Green Far Away Circle (Friend).

  • L1 - Part 2 - Ep 3: Being With Teachers/Red To Yellow

    This episode shows how to create opportunities to practice social skills with acquaintances. This episode shows students how a relationship can change from being a Red Stranger Circle to Yellow Handshake Circle (Acquaintance).

  • L1 - Part 2 - Ep 4: Kids On The Block/Red to Orange

    This episode shows how to create opportunities to practice social skills with people whose faces are familiar. This episode shows students how a relationship can change from being a Red Stranger Circle to Orange Wave Circle. It also aims to reinforce that contact with a child is limited.

  • L1 - Part 2 - Ep 5: Always Strangers/Staying Red

    This episode shows how a relationship with a community helper does not move past red stranger status. It also shows how to create opportunities to practice social skills with people who are community helpers and practice keeping strangers at a distance.

  • L1 - Part 2 - Ep 6: Review

    In this review section, the various circles are explained in brief summary form. As this vignette is short and succinct, it can be played at regular intervals for a quick recap. Alternatively, this vignette can be reintroduced anytime you want your students to brush up and reflect on their world ...

  • L1 - Part 2 - Ep 7: Cyberspace Rules

    This episode suggests guidelines for online safety. This section of the curriculum is not meant to be an exhaustive presentation, but instead is offered as a starting point for conversation with your students. Emphasize for students that online "friends" aren't the same as the friends you develop...