The Circle Programme

The CIRCLE programme is an online course that I have developed based on years of working as an early intervention specialist, supporting teachers to make schools and pre-schools inclusive for children with special needs.

It includes everything you need to know, do, and understand in order to adapt activities so that all children can be active participants in the classroom.

Following the course, you will be able to apply these new strategies and tools in any group activities with children with different abilities.

The course contains all the specialised knowledge that early intervention professionals implement to support all children in the classroom to learn better, participate more and develop friendships with their peers.

The CIRCLE programme is delivered in 4 modules, with activities to help you find the best strategies for your students. It includes printable plans, picture schedules, symbols and choice boards for activities, stories and songs. The programme will give you all the tools you need to make group activities inclusive for all children.

Presented at the 2018 World Down Syndrome Congress in Scotland, and the 2019 National Progressing Disabilities Conference in Ireland, The CIRCLE Programme is a proven and fully tested programme.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME?

The programme is presented in four modules over four days. The sessions will be live, but I will also give you access to the recordings after each class.

Each course session will be accompanied by fun worksheets to help you adapt the content learned during the session to your students needs. If you are not working with children with special needs at the moment, don’t worry, you will be able to download and save the worksheets for when you need them.

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This programme is for preschool teachers, teachers in junior classes and classroom assistants who:
  • Are struggling to include students with additional needs in group activities.
  • Feel unsure which adaptations they need to use for children with special educational needs.
  • Want clear and straightforward guidelines for making classroom activities more inclusive.
  • Want practical tools to engage all children in the class.
  • Want to have ready-to-use resources that will save them time.
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Here is what I will show you in this programme.
  • How to make adaptations in the classroom according to your students needs.
  • How to easily incorporate additional supports that all children can benefit from.
  • How to coordinate intervention with all staff in your classroom.
  • How to plan group activities with my 6-factor formula.
  • How to encourage all children to participate in the classroom, even the most reluctant students.
  • How to identify areas where you may need support and which specialist to contact.

WHAT’S INSIDE THIS PROGRAMME?

Module 1

In this module, I will explain why the inclusion of all children is essential, and how this inclusion benefits children with special needs, their peers and the wider community.

You will also learn about the main barriers children with disabilities find in the classroom and how recognising this will create a baseline for your intervention.

Module 2

In this module, we will look at how children with different disabilities develop language and communication skills.

You will learn how to support students with language delay so they can understand and communicate better in the classroom. And you will also learn about specific supports you can put in place for them.

MODULE 3

In this module, you will learn about how children with disabilities perceive and experience the world around them.

We will focus on supporting students with sensory integration issues, and we will discuss specific interventions to support them.

You will also learn about how you can support your students developing writing and reading skills from an early age.

MODULE 4

In this module, you will learn about the 6-Factor Formula you can use to plan every group activity in the classroom.

This formula will give you a framework to adapt activities for children with additional needs easily.

I will also provide guidance on how to help students that are reluctant to sit and participate in classroom activities.

 

Extra Free Bonuses…

BONUS 1

Interactive hands-on session

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You will have the opportunity to participate in my interactive class, where you will learn how to use communication supports in the classroom. I will show you specific songs books and activities that have proven to be a success in inclusive classrooms.

Bonus 1 will be a hands-on session with lots of opportunities for everyone to participate and ask questions.

BONUS 2

Working with families

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In this bonus class, we will discuss working and supporting parents of children with additional needs.
After this class, you will have a deeper understanding of parent’s concerns and how you can support parents and various stages.

You will also learn how to manage difficult conversations so that the relationship between the school and the family remains positive and strong.

BONUS 3 | Downloads

Save and print resources

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Over the years, I have developed many resources for both pre-schools and schools. You will have access to my support, including all the resources I have created.

Download, save and print all these resources that will save you time when planning group activities…

You will be able to download:

  • My session planner to help you plan circle time with the 6-factor formula.
  • Printable symbols for classroom routines.
  • Visuals for Circle Time.
  • Visuals for classroom rules.
  • A choice board for children?s sing-along songs.
  • A choice board for group activities.

CERTIFICATION

Once you have completed the programme you will receive a certificate of achievement for the Circle Programme.

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Theresa O'Connor

SNA
Powerstown Educate Together

“It shows practical ways to make small changes that can create a big difference to a child and the learning outcome”

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Christina Laban

Early Years Educator
Mini Mi’s Early Learning Centre

“I would recommend the training to anyone working with preschool children with special needs as it was inclusive to all of the needs of the children”

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Trish Fogarty

Special Education Teacher
Scoil Phadraig Naofa

“I liked that even though it was over Zoom, it was very interactive, and we were well supported by Silvia.”

Theresa O'Connor

SNA
Powerstown Educate Together

“It shows practical ways to make small changes that can create a big difference to a child and the learning outcome”

Christina Laban

Early Years Educator
Mini Mi’s Early Learning Centre

“I would recommend the training to anyone working with preschool children with special needs as it was inclusive to all of the needs of the children”

Trish Fogarty

Special Education Teacher
Scoil Phadraig Naofa

“I liked that even though it was over Zoom, it was very interactive, and we were well supported by Silvia. She clearly has huge experience, knowledge and she is more than willing to share all of this”

Registration

The Circle Programme For July Is Now Closed

September programme will be announced soon.

The Circle Programme

A PROGRAMME CREATED FOR YOU

I have worked with so many pre-school and school teachers since the start of my career in 2002. These teachers are all fully committed to making their classrooms more inclusive.

I am regularly asked about two main challenges that they face – knowing what adaptations to make in the classroom and finding the time to make these adaptations.

That is why this programme focuses on giving you practical solutions that are easy to implement. I will also give you resources that are ready for you to print and use.

My aim is to help you to feel informed, confident and well equipped without the stress and endless hours of planning, preparing and creating resources.

This programme will not replace intervention from early intervention professionals, and the specialist knowledge they provide when they visit your classroom. Instead, it will give you practical tools that you can implement ahead of their visits. This will then allow you to focus on more specific or intricate issues that children may have.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The course will take place using the video meeting app Zoom on the dates below. I recommend that participants attend the live presentations on Zoom, but if you cant, don’t worry, you will be able to watch the session afterwards. (Please ensure that you download and test Zoom prior to the first Module.)

After each session, you will receive a recording plus a fun worksheet (homework).

COURSE SCHEDULES:

Daily Classes (Click for more details)

Starts Monday the 6th of July

Time: Morning 10 am
Duration: 1 hour 10 mins

Module 1 – 6th July
Module 2 – 7th July
Module 3 – 8th July
Module 4 – 9th July
Bonus Class – 10th July

Weekly Classes (Click for more details)

Starts Monday the 2nd of July
Time: Evenings 7 pm
Duration: 1 hour 10 mins

Module 1 – 2nd July
Module 2 – 9th July
Module 3 – 16th July
Module 4 – 23rd July
Bonus Class – 30th July

Silvia Angel

Early Intervention Specialist

Silvia is an early intervention specialist working with teachers and parents of children with special needs to create a community that embraces children with all abilities.

She has worked in Early Intervention services in Ireland since 2002. Silvia completed her degree in Social Studies at the University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona, and a BA in Psychology of Education with the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Also, she completed a Diploma in Autism Studies with University College Cork.

Silvia attended PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) training in 2005, and in 2006 she qualified as a Lámh sign language tutor.

Early on in her career, she trained in the Portage Model – an early intervention programme that promotes family centred intervention. This programme has had a significant influence on her work with families.

Recently, Silvia has given presentations at national and international conferences such as the National Progressing Disabilities in Limerick, and the Down Syndrome World Congress in Glasgow, Scotland.

Silvia is also a mother of two boys, one with autism.

Silvia’s primary interest is the inclusion of children of all abilities in the community.

THE CIRCLE COMMUNITY

From my experience working directly with teachers, I know that many teachers, just like you, are deeply committed to helping all children, including those with additional needs. In this programme, you will meet other like-minded teachers.

During the training, you will have the opportunity to learn from each other and share experiences. Many of you are already doing great work in your classrooms, and my wish is that this becomes a platform where we can support each other to continue making classrooms even more inclusive.

JOIN ME ON MY JOURNEY

My ultimate goal is to help teachers around the world who want to open their classrooms to children with additional needs. Over the last 18 years, I have worked with hundreds of teachers and supported many children with special needs in their community, pre-schools and schools. I have not only witnessed the challenges, but the powerful transformations achieved when schools open their doors and hearts to children with all abilities.

A community that embraces children with all abilities,
is one that celebrates and respects how unique we all are!

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Eva Maria Hogan

SNA

“The course not only met but went beyond my expectations. A total understanding of how SNA’s & teachers work and a great presentation manner”

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Kathleen Fitzgerald

St. Paul’s School
Special Education Teacher

“Silvia is very knowledgeable in the fold of inclusion and has a very good understanding of what works best for children with SEN”

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Catherine O' Halloran

Catherine’s Playschool

“I enjoyed the Zoom webinar as you can sit at home without rushing around after work in normal times to get to a course. I really got a lot out of the course”

Eva Maria Hogan

SNA

“The course not only met but went beyond my expectations. A total understanding of how SNA?s & teachers work and a great presentation manner”

Kathleen Fitzgerald

Special Education Teacher
St. Paul’s School

“Silvia is very knowledgeable in the fold of inclusion and has a very good understanding of what works best for children with SEN”

Catherine O' Halloran

Catherine’s Playschool

“I enjoyed the Zoom webinar as you can sit at home without rushing around after work in normal times to get to a course. I really got a lot out of the course”

Registration

The Circle Programme For July Is Now Closed

September programme will be announced soon.

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