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A Pilot Program for Developing Healthy Relationships, Good Boundaries and Awesome Social Skills

Presented by the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia

*Based on the Circles Program developed by James Stanfield, Stanfield Publishing Group

Classes begin in January and will be held on Thursday evenings 6:00-7:30 PM

Dates: Jan 31; Feb 7, Mar 14, 21, 28 , Apr 4 and April 11

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Topics include: personal space, setting healthy boundaries with friends, acquaintances, or strangers; and ways to keep safe when making new friends and developing deeper relationships. Classes will include video stories, hands-on activities such as creating RelationShapes' posters, and opportunities to practice new social skills.

Students will learn how to decide where people fit into the circles of their lives by looking at how long they have known someone, how well they know them and how safe they are with that person. Students will also learn to see the relationship between their emotional closeness to family and friends and the amount of personal space they need when they are with others.

Instructor for the pilot program is Mrs. Beth Henry who works as a school counselor in a pre-K-8th grade private school where she teaches a blend of social skills, healthy boundaries and caring behavior. She has been a licensed professional counselor (Maryland) and she is a National Certified Counselor for more than 20 years.



This program is generously sponsored by a grant from McLean Community Foundation