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.