Welcome to The CIRCLE Programme!

 A dedicated initiative for educators and parents of children aged 3 to 8 with disabilities. 

Our goal is simple: to empower you with the tools and insights to effectively support children with additional needs, fostering their well-being and development in school and at home. 

Enrollement for The CIRCLE Programme 2023/24 has now closed!

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Feeling overwhelmed?

Feeling STUCK?

I get it.


Navigating the journey of parenting a child with a disability can indeed be overwhelming.
Currently, numerous families facing this situation find themselves on a solitary path, lacking the necessary guidance and support. The extended wait times for assessments and interventions only add to the challenge.
Parents are actively searching for reliable resources in the flood of information online, a process that can leave them feeling swamped as they try to identify what truly suits their needs.
In education, although inclusion policies have made strides, challenges still exist in the practical implementation of support within early years settings and schools. Educators frequently express a lack of specialized knowledge and tools required to effectively aid children with disabilities in their classrooms.
This situation can result in both parents and teachers feeling unprepared.
But what if I told you that having the right knowledge and guidance could enable you to offer your children or students the vital support they require to thrive?

So...

How can you equip yourself with the right knowledge and guidance that will make a difference to your children or students?

Researching can take years!

But what if I said that I have it all laid out for you?

Learn how to build a foundation of support for children with additional needs, at home or in the classroom.

Build the supports
children need... 
One At A Time!

BLOCK #1 

UNDERSTANDING S.E.N.

How comprehending our children's unique needs determines the type of support needed.

BLOCK #2 

CREATING LEARNING SPACES

Designing classrooms and homes to help our children feel at ease and ready for effective learning.

BLOCK #3 

SUPPORTING LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION

Enhancing communication skills for children with language delays or difficulties expressing themselves.

BLOCK #4 

SENSORY INSIGHTS

Understanding how sensory integrations impact children's everyday lives and how to provide interventions that will help them stay balanced, comfortable, and calm.

BLOCK #5 

SUPPORTING BEHAVIOUR

Exploring the reasons behind certain behaviours, how to prevent incidents, and how to respond effectively when difficult situations occur.

BLOCK #6 

FOSTERING INCLUSION

Learning the different layers of the inclusion process so we support children in building relationships at home and in the community. 

This is your way OUT of overwhelm!

So many educators and parents are drowning in a sea of information that can be difficult to implement.

Implementing each BLOCK of the structure, one after the other, will create an environment for any child to develop and flourish.
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But what¬īs new in this course?

While The Circle Programme undoubtedly covers a lot of information, it focuses more on achieving TRANSFORMATION.
With this programme, you'll learn about the different concepts involved in supporting children with disabilities and how these 6 blocks work together to help you create actionable plans to build a supportive and stimulating environment for children to develop.

Information is the key to driving transformation, allowing you to...

  • Track and assess progress.
  • Enhance children's engagement.
  • Foster children's independence.
  • Cultivate a happier school experience for children.
  • YOU will feel more confident building a nurturing environment where children can truly thrive.

MY PERSONAL JOURNEY

As a parent of an autistic child and an early intervention specialist for over 20 years, I deeply understand parents' and educators' challenges in supporting children with extra needs. Like many others, we had to learn to navigate so many new challenges on our journey.

Thankfully, at three years of age, my son joined an early intervention class and later transitioned to an autism class at our local primary school. He recently began secondary school in a mainstream class with the help of an SNA, and he passed all his exams! This progress was possible thanks to incredible support from teachers, SNAs, and school leaders.

My husband and I, as parents, recognise that we are fortunate. My professional background empowered us to create a safe, nurturing home for our son's growth. While parenting children with additional needs can be challenging, the proper knowledge and guidance can help establish a supportive environment for our children with disabilities.

Through my extensive work as an early intervention specialist, I've supported families and collaborated with numerous preschools and primary schools, sharing practical advice and programmes. Witnessing parents and educators gain confidence and positively impact children's lives has been immensely fulfilling.

In the CIRCLE Programme, I share the knowledge and strategies that have personally made a difference in my family and professional life. 

Let's work together to ensure every child receives the essential support they need and deserve.

Having a clear plan in my mind always helped me support my son and my students.

These 6 building BLOCKS will give you clarity and focus on creating effective plans for your children.

I want to share this roadmap with you!

Introducing...

THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME

With two decades of experience supporting families and educators, along with being a parent to an autistic child, I've developed a method and structure that offers you a clear direction to focus on what truly matters for children's growth.
For those just beginning to work with children with disabilities, I'll assist you in laying the foundations for a classroom where your students can thrive. And if you're already a seasoned professional in this field, together, we can refine your classroom interventions, allowing your students to reach their fullest potential.
If you're a parent, I'll share how I've supported my son and countless other children. This way, you too can feel empowered and confident that you're creating the best environment for your child to flourish.

"It has given insight into so many aspects of supporting children with additional needs and their families. It was both practical and thought-provoking"

Anna Jennings | Principal Scoil Naomh P√°draig

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

Theresa O’Connor
SNA
Powerscourt Educate Together Dublin

"The expert sessions were all excellent.
I would highly recommend it! Teachers, parents and SNAs should all do it."

Helen O'Meara
ASD Teacher

Sacred Heart JNS Dublin

"Has given me renewed confidence in our work with children and families with special needs. Great resources."

Rebecca Egan
Early Years Educator
Narnia Nursery Dublin

Discover EXACTLY What's Covered in
THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME

THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME is a formula that gives you the tools to help children learn and thrive.

The Circle Programme includes 6 modules with in-depth tutorials and downloadable resources to guide you through the six building blocks that create solid learning foundations for your children or students.

In each module, you will get a clear step by step guide on what to do to support YOUR students and the resources you will need ready to print and use.

This course will be LIVE on our dedicated course platform, and all replays will be available there, so you can attend the live sessions or follow the course on-demand.

MODULE 1

UNDERSTANDING S.E.N.

How comprehending our children's unique needs determines the type of support needed.

MODULE 2

CREATING LEARNING SPACES

Designing classrooms and homes to help our children feel at ease and ready for effective learning.

MODULE 3

SUPPORTING LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION

Enhancing communication skills for children with language delays or difficulties expressing themselves.

MODULE 4

SENSORY INSIGHTS

Understanding how sensory integrations impact children¬īs classroom performance and how to provide interventions that will help them stay balanced, calm, and comfortable.

MODULE 5

DEALING WITH BEHAVIOUR

Exploring the reasons behind challenging behaviour, how to prevent it, and respond effectively.

MODULE 6

FOSTERING INCLUSION

Learning the different layers of the inclusion process so we support children in building relationships at home and in the community. 

PLUS!

You will receive additional bonuses and resources when you join The Circle Programme.

BONUS 1. 
USING COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

In this interactive class, you will learn about communication systems. You will be introduced to different communication systems, such as pictures, devices and signs, and guided through the first steps in using these.


 

BONUS 2.
TEACHING WRITING

Reading and writing are essential skills for successful education in school. Children with disabilities often benefit from additional supports to learn writing. In this session, you will learn how to promote fine motor skills, pencil skills and how to help children who are struggling with writing.


 

BONUS 3.
TEACHING READING

Children with developmental delays often struggle with reading. While phonics often work for many children in schools, children with disabilities benefit from additional pre-reading and reading activities to set up a foundation for reading successfully.


 

BONUS 4.  
WORKING WITH FAMILIES

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 at various stages.

You will also learn how to build a strong partnership between parents and teachers.


And ONE more very important one...

THE CIRCLE COMMUNITY

Join our Circle Community, where you will meet other like-minded educators and parents. You will build long-lasting relationships with others, share knowledge, ask questions, and have a constant supply of inspiration. Whenever you feel stuck, the community is here for you. In this community, no educator will ever feel alone!

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THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME

Early Bird (Monthly)

  • 6 training modules
  • 4 bonus modules
  • Access to the course platform
  • Advice from 4 experts in our community
  • Downloadable worksheets for each module¬†
  • Classroom resources designed for you
  • Live monthly Q&A sessions
  • Lifetime access to the programme

10 Monthly Payments

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Enrollment for 2023/24 is closed.

THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME

Early Bird (Saver)

  • 6 training modules
  • 4 bonus modules
  • Access to the course platform
  • Advice from 4 experts in our community
  • Downloadable worksheets for each module¬†
  • Classroom resources designed for you
  • Live monthly Q&A sessions
  • Lifetime access to the programme

1 Full Payment

‚ā¨290

Enrollment for 2023/24 is closed.

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"It has been the most practical and comprehensive course I have completed on autism so far in my career. The sessions with the psychologist, occupational therapist and speech therapist were very beneficial. The course covered lots of practical tips and I availed of the Q&A session with Silvia who was a wealth of knowledge and gave me very useful tips for dealing with children in my class."

Aisling Weldon Teacher
Scoil Mhuire, Abbeyside, Dungarvan

Get A Sneak Peek

If you want to learn more about the principles in The CIRCLE Programme, watch this webinar where my team and I discuss the pilars of this training. If you want to just learn about how the practicalities of this training, jump to minute 52 in the video below.

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WHO WAS THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME CREATED FOR?

The CIRCLE Programme will teach you how to graduate from STARTING to create a classroom or home environment for children with disabilities, to TRANSFORMING it into a place where children have the desire to engage, learn and thrive.

This programme was Intentionally Created with a Very Specific Educator in Mind...

‚úĒÔłŹ This training course is for teachers, classroom assistants and early years educators working with children with additional needs. Parents are also welcome in this programme.

‚úĒÔłŹ This programme is best suited to professionals and parents of children aged from 3 to 8 years (preschool to second class).

‚úĒÔłŹ This training is for people who want a comprehensive programme and action plan to support children¬īs development.

‚úĒÔłŹ This programme is for¬†parents & educators looking to provide a caring and stimulating environment so that children with¬†disabilities develop to their full potential.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Each month, we'll dive into a distinct module. This involves a live online lecture, typically around one hour and 15 minutes, though this duration may vary. We'll hold a Q&A session two weeks later to address any queries.

Participants are encouraged to put their learning into action with their children at home or in the classroom. The course platform offers a space for interaction, connecting you with fellow participants and course tutors. This community enables timely support whenever you need it. Here, you can discuss module-related matters or seek support on other relevant topics.

The course takes place online, accessible through our dedicated course website. While I recommend attending the live presentations, no worries if your schedule doesn't permit it ‚Äď all recorded sessions, articles, presentation slides, worksheets, and resources will be readily available on the private course page.

EXCITING UPDATE FOR 2024/25!

The CIRCLE Programme has successfully completed 5 rounds. Previously, it spanned an intensive 3-month period. However, in 2024/25, we're extending it to a comprehensive 10 months, running from September to June!

And here's the highlight of this year: we're introducing an enhanced community experience. Let's come together, parents and educators, fostering a strong community to jointly support our children's growth.

But here's the real thrill for next year! Upon enrolling in the 2023/24 session, you'll receive exclusive lifetime access to all program materials: videos, downloads, and every bit of content. It's our way of rewarding your commitment to the course.

CERTIFICATION

Upon finishing each module, you'll receive a certificate of completion. A straightforward test will be part of the assessment process.
Every module contributes 3 hours towards your continuing professional development (C.P.D.), accumulating to 30 hours if you complete all modules.
Remember, recognising these certificates is subject to the discretion of your school principal or early years setting manager. Past participants' employers often acknowledged this training, with many schools and preschools funding it for their staff.
For any details you need to provide to your employer, you can download information about this training by clicking here.

"I feel more confident and able in my role as a teacher. I feel more empathy towards the parents/guardians and have a firm belief in the importance of working together as a team.
This course has helped my students in many ways. One way in which it helped my students was in the use of more visual learning aids such as visual timetables, first/then etc and how to maximise their usage.
Yes I found the expert sessions very informative.
The course content, website, interactions, resources etc . were fantastic.
Yes I would definitely recommend this course and training"

Elaine Burke
Teacher
Autism class, St. Joseph¬īs N.S. Arklow

JOIN THE COMMUNITY!

Get ACCESS to a community of highly motivated educators & parents like yourself who will inspire & support you in your new journey!

CONNECT

Create real and lasting friendships with other like-minded people in the group!

GET ANSWERS

Get the ANSWER you need... at the time WHEN you need it!

FEEDBACK

Get another pair (or a hundred) of eyes & ears to give you guidance!

SUPPORT

Get supported even when you feel overwhelmed or have a bad day!

Feel stuck or lost? Need help or advice? In this community, you will never feel alone!

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

Kathleen Fitzgerald
Special Education Teacher
St. Paul’s School

"This course is very comprehensive. I can now use positive behaviors support , help children communicate, and work in partnership with parents. It is very helpful!"


Wai In Cheok
Giraffe Childcare

"I really enjoyed this training it definitely made me feel more confident in my class
All teachers and SNAs would find it useful"

Sandra Moore
SNA
Abacas National School

"The course was one of the best I've completed so far. It has helped me understand better what will work for the children with their own specific needs"

Una Duggan
Early Years Educator
Distillery View Preschool

Delivered By A Team Of Experts

Silvia Angel

Early Intervention Specialist

Silvia is an Educational Consultant and Early Intervention Specialist. Silvia has worked in child development clinics in Ireland, supporting children with disabilities and autism for almost 20 years.

Silvia is also an event speaker and the creator of The Circle Programme.

Anna Maguire

Senior Speech & Language Therapist

Anna is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist. She has been supporting children with intellectual disabilities and autism for more than ten years.

Anna currently works with children with disabilities and complex needs. Before this, she worked with the HSE and the NHS in the UK.

Ellie Horgan

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Ellie is a Neurodiverse paediatric Occupational Therapist and dedicated inclusivity advocate.  Her first hand encounter with assessments and interventions enables her to provide practical, personalized information, catering to the unique needs of each family she assists.

Aisling Towey

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Aisling is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working in child development clinics in Ireland.

Aisling is also a lecturer in psychological studies with University College Dublin and Trinity College. 

100% GUARANTEED

30 days to put EVERYTHING to the TEST!

That's my commitment to you. I want there to be no risk when you decide to join this training and community.

Test the programme for 30 days, and if you are not satisfied, contact my team, and we¬īll offer a full refund.

I can do this because I believe in this training that much! All previous participants of The Circle Programme have found this training invaluable, and I know you will too.

Anytime after the¬†30 days probationary period is up, if you decide The CIRCLE Programme is not right for you, email my support team ([email protected]) to¬†cancel¬†the remainder of your subscription.¬†

Join The Waitlist For The CIRCLE Programme 2024/25

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THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME

Early Bird (Monthly)

  • 6 training modules
  • 4 bonus modules
  • Access to the course platform
  • Advice from 4 experts in our community
  • Downloadable worksheets for each module¬†
  • Classroom resources designed for you
  • Live monthly Q&A sessions
  • Lifetime access to the programme

10 Monthly Payments

‚ā¨32

Enrollment for 2023/24 is closed.

THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME

Early Bird (Saver)

  • 6 training modules
  • 4 bonus modules
  • Access to the course platform
  • Advice from 4 experts in our community
  • Downloadable worksheets for each module¬†
  • Classroom resources designed for you
  • Live monthly Q&A sessions
  • Lifetime access to the programme

1 Full Payment

‚ā¨290

Enrollment for 2023/24 is closed.

JOIN THE 2024/25 WAITLIST

Frequently Asked Questions About The CIRCLE Programme

Have a question you need to be answered before enrolling in The CIRCLE Programme? Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions we get. But if you do not see your question, simply reach out by emailing us at¬†[email protected].

1. I have attended many courses and webinars already. Why should I consider this training?
Most courses focus on giving people information. However, that doesn't guarantee that you will implement those strategies successfully with your students once you finish that training.
The CIRCLE Programme will give you information, but with the difference that there is an actionable plan at the end of each module, so you know step-by-step what to do to put supports in place to meet your child's needs so they can thrive.
The goal of this programme is not for you to get another certificate (Which you will get!), but for you to see your children progress week after week.

2. I am not sure if this training is the right fit for me.
The CIRCLE Programme is designed for special needs assistants, early years educators, parents, and teachers engaged with children aged 3 to 8 with disabilities. The program delves into supporting autistic children, children with Down syndrome, global developmental delay, and other diagnoses that impact overall development.
While some educators working with older children with complex needs have found value in the programme, it's important to emphasise that our primary focus centres on the early years and the initial 2 years of primary school.
It's suitable for educators with no previous experience and knowledge of autism, and it's also ideal for educators with experience and prior training in autism. If you are new to special education, we'll help you building supports for autistic children in the classroom.

3. I Can't Attend the Live Sessions!
No worries at all! When you sign up for The CIRCLE Programme, you'll gain access to our dedicated course platform. If you cannot attend the sessions live, you can watch the modules on-demand at the time that suits you best.
This year, we're thrilled to introduce the Community Group, a fantastic space to interact with our tutors and your peers. Remember that you can ask questions and get the support you need when you need it.
Many students in the past have followed the program on-demand with great success. That's one of the beauties of online courses! You're not rushed to be at a specific place at a particular time. You can engage with the modules at the time that suits you best.

4. My School is Covering the Training Cost. How Can They Make a Payment?
Many employers have previously covered the programme cost for their participants. Please consult your school principal or early years setting manager about this possibility. You can download this information to share with them, providing a comprehensive understanding of The CIRCLE Programme.
Upon completing the modules over the 10 months, you can accumulate 30 C.P.D. hours, and we will issue a certificate of completion after each module.
If your school is purchasing the program on your behalf, feel free to contact us at [email protected], and we can directly invoice the school.

6. The course sounds overwhelming! How many hours of work a week do I have to dedicate?
The CIRCLE Programme is designed to alleviate overwhelm, not compound it!
As a rough guideline, consider dedicating around 3 hours per month to engage with the content of each module.
The core session for each module spans approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Opting to participate live can help you stay on track with the training and extract the most value from the programme.
A subsequent Q&A session takes place monthly to clarify concepts and help participants apply their module insights.
While each module includes actionable steps, remember these apply directly to your daily classroom or home activities. It doesn't require "extra time." Rather, it involves small adjustments in your approach. We've prepared ready-to-use resources, saving you time.
Throughout the week, tutors will be active in the Community Group, addressing queries and sharing additional content. Your level of engagement in this group is entirely your choice ‚Äď participate as much or as little as suits your needs.

7. Is there an exam or evaluation at the end of The CIRCLE Programme?
Upon completing each module, there's a straightforward quiz you'll need to finish to obtain your certificate of completion. This serves the dual purpose of evaluating your grasp of the module's content and allowing you to gauge your understanding. The quiz is designed to be clear-cut and doesn't need extra preparation if you've already watched the lecture and engaged with the module's materials.
This training doesn't involve assignments, and here's why: I aim for you to focus solely on your children or students. I encourage you to dedicate time to making classroom or home adjustments and applying interventions that can genuinely impact your children's lives.
As tutors, we're keen on focusing our time on guiding you and addressing your queries. Rather than spending time grading exams, we'd much rather work with you to tailor resources, answer your questions, and collaborate on driving progress in the children week after week.

9. I am not good with technology. I am afraid to do a course entirely online.
No need to worry about being tech-savvy! Once you have a laptop or smartphone, accessing and completing The CIRCLE Programme is easy.
Our program is hosted on a dedicated e-learning platform called Kajabi, and you can even use an app on your phone to access it.
We'll keep you informed via email, sending you a link to the live class ahead of each session ‚Äď just a simple "click and join."
Moreover, the course platform is user-friendly. But that's not all ‚Äď we've got you covered with dedicated technical support available to all students. Assistance is just a message away if you encounter any technical hurdles during the programme!

10. Our Refund Policy.
You can experience The CIRCLE Programme for a trial period of 30 days, starting from the kick-off on September 14th. If the program doesn't meet your expectations, contact [email protected], and we'll arrange a refund. Please remember that this trial period concludes on October 14th, and no refunds will be offered after that date.
For participants who choose to pay in monthly instalments, the 30-day money-back guarantee remains valid until October 14th. Remember, you can cancel your monthly payments anytime by emailing [email protected]. Upon cancellation, access to the course content will be unavailable.
I offer this flexibility to ensure that all participants of The CIRCLE Programme find value and satisfaction in the training. It's important to me that you're fully engaged in "the circle" only if it aligns with your needs.

11. For how long can I access the modules?
A fresh module will be available on our course platform every month. Once these module videos and resources are made live, they'll remain accessible for you to use anytime.
Participants previously enjoyed access to the program for up to 3 months following its conclusion. However, this year, we have an extraordinary offer due to introducing the Community within the programme. Those who enrol this year will receive an exceptional benefit: lifetime access to the training! Yes, you heard it correctly! Upon completing the course, the training materials become yours indefinitely. You'll retain access to all resources, enabling you to revisit any aspect of the training whenever needed.