Circles® Curriculum

Note: The Circles® Curriculum program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Special needs students

Program Overview

The Circles® Curriculum (Circles®) consists of three Video Modeling® programs that are designed to teach social and relationship boundaries, interpersonal skills, and relationship-specific social skills in an easy-to-understand format.

  • Circles®: Intimacy & Relationships®, Level 1
  • Circles®: Intimacy & Relationships®, Level 2
  • Circles®: Stop Abuse

The Circles® Curriculum is designed to assist 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 and social boundaries of our day and age. Thus, the Circles® Curriculum is designed to lay the foundation for people with disabilities to manage the amount of personal responsibility and social integration available to them.

Circles® is designed to present to special needs students some extremely abstract concepts in a very simple and concrete manner. The Circles® Curriculum 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. The connection between the kind of relationship and the corresponding level of intimacy is thus demonstrated visually, ideally making it easier for students to understand this important concept.

This program uses step-by-step dramatizations; it is designed to be suitable for students with mild to moderate cognitive impairment.

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Circles® Curriculum.

Manuals and Training

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Circles® Curriculum.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Circles® Curriculum.

Contact Information

Agency/Affiliation: James Stanfield Co., Inc
Phone: (800) 421-6534
Fax: (805) 897-1187

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2021

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2021

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2021