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Creating Circles of Friends: A Peer Support and Inclusion Workbook
by Colin Newton and Derek Wilson

This book has been based on Canadian Research and offers a simple but well-tried and tested solution/technique to help with re-integration into main stream classroom for children with behavioural problems.

The "Circle of Friends" technique is based on inclusion rather than exclusion and works by looking at the problem the child has in their social life and by involving their classmates to help them rebuild their social circle. This ultimately leads to the child learning more appropriate social behaviour, which will enable them to get on better with their peers. Obviously this in turn helps them to rebuild a peer group relationship and to continue to work on problems that will lead to more acceptance and inclusion rather than exclusion from these groups.

Using step by step directions on how to set up a "circle of Friends" case studies and examples/templates of handouts which can be used both by parents in the home situation and by others who work with or care for the children out of school activities and well as being used in school. This helps to reinforce the technique across all aspects of the child's life which essential for optimum consistency and effect.

The authors bring the "circle of friends" technique in an easy to read and well set out and written format. This gives everyone who reads this the encouragement to use the technique to its full potential. Therefore giving the child support, encouragement and help to integrate back with maximum chance of success for acceptance and friendship.

Ideal for use in all schools especially with those children who are on the verge of exclusion.

Sarah-Jayne Bass (formerly Caroline Hensby) - adders.org


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