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Creating Circles of Friends:

Title 2:
A Peer Support and Inclusion Workbook
Derek Wilson, Colin Newton
8.5" x 11"
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Price: $25.55
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Circle of friends is an approach to enhancing the inclusion, in a mainstream setting, of any young person ( known as ‘the focus child’), who is experiencing difficulties in school because of a disability, personal crisis or because of their challenging behaviour towards others.

This book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in helping individuals with disabilities and special emotional needs builds friendships and relationships. Building respectful teams of support around an individual, tapping into that child’s peer group, is an extremely powerful way of promoting change and insights for all involved. The Circle of Friends Workbook is ultimately a tool for inclusion and is based on solid values as well as practical processes. The book describes both the values and the practical application of this approach to human change. What is more the approach works!

Aims of this Book

  1. To provide a highly accessible resource that is both practical and meaningful
  2. For users of this resource to be able to set up Circles of Friends feeling they have sufficient support and guidance
  3. To inspire and encourage interest in creative approaches to the involvement of children in the inclusion of vulnerable and challenging peers
  4. To provide tool that can reverse pressures to exclude and segregate an individual from their school community
  5. To strengthen the processes which help create and maintain school communities of acceptance to which children truly belong. All of them.

What Differences will it make?

We hope and dream that the successful use of this resource will lead to the following:

  • Disabled and challenging pupils will be successfully included in mainstream schools
  • Head, teachers, SENCOs, parents and support assistants will feel they have an approach which actually works; increasing friendship opportunities, helping individuals to belong and which decreases behaviour difficulties
  • Pupils will feel valued and involved in the support of other pupils that they know are finding school life difficult. They will have become allies in the support of their peers and will feel safer as a result knowing that they too one day will need such support in their own lives.
  • Other creative developments in peer counselling, mentoring, mediation and circle time
  • Deeper insight and understanding of disability issues, emotional and behavioural needs and the possibilities of change
  • Greater understanding of the need for peer support and teaming by teachers and other professionals
  • Reflection and discussion on the themes of inclusion, circles of support for adults, peer involvement and friendship.

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