"The kids don’t realize how much they’re learning – they think they’re just having fun.”
Parent of a Circle of Learning participant
Circle of Learning
The 2014 Circle of Learning program will be available in two separate series. They are: Session I (March– June) which includes 12 Saturdays; and Session II, another 12-week session in the fall; dates TBD. The Saturday hours run from 10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Circle of Learning directly benefits between 24-36 tweens and teens over the two sessions from the surrounding community, ages 8-14, with Asperger Syndrome. Indirect beneficiaries of Circle of Learning include parents of participants, who find reassurance in knowing that their child is spending time among friends while learning valuable social skills.
Achievements include the positive progression of participants’ socializing competencies and relationships with each other. Communication skills develop over time and the kids learn to talk to each other to solve problems and work together as a team. Over the course of the sessions, the children make progress toward behavioral gains, educational gains, and social gains. The beauty of the program, as one parent insightfully noted, is that “The kids don’t realize how much they’re learning – they think they’re just having fun.” The carefully planned Circle of Learning curriculum is designed to help children better monitor their interactions, develop coping skills, and most importantly to develop friendships and confidence.