Kansas Technical Assistance System Network (TASN)
provides technical assistance to support school districts’ systematic implementation of evidence-based practices.

Tri-State Webinar: Circle of Friends: Part 1: Introduction

February 13, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm


Circle of Friends (CoF) is a form of Peer-Mediated Intervention (PMI). PMI is defined as a treatment approach in which typically developing peers are trained to implement behavioral interventions and facilitate social skills development in special needs populations. It has been identified as an established treatment with positive outcomes for children with autism (National Autism Center, 2009). This webinar will provide an overview of Circle of Friends, as a part of a school-based program. It will cover the research behind Circle of Friends, and the basic steps to implement a Circle of Friends program.

Learner Objectives:

● Explore the evidence-base supporting Circle of Friends
● Learn the basic components of beginning a Circle of Friends program


Who Should Attend

Administrators, general education teachers, specialist teachers, family members, paraprofessionals, special education professionals, and related service providers.


Presenter Information: 

Mary Schlieder, EdD, is a high school special educator, adjunct professor, and educational consultant. Her professional interests include fostering positive inclusion experiences, peer-mediated intervention, Learning Objectives: collaborative problem solving, and active learning. She is the author of With Open Arms: Creating School Communities of Support for Kids with Social Challenges, and the 2008 Nebraska Teacher of the Year.


Learning Objectives


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Time February 13, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm
Format Meet Online
0.75 Professional Learning Contact Hours
Provider Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports
Contact Megan Misegadis
Trainer Mary Schlieder, EdD
special educator, educational consultant & author
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