Discovery Skills: Relationship Map


Identifies who is in the person’s life and provides a picture of relative importance; that is who is closest to the person and who is further away. It is also used to see who should contribute to a person centered plan (or person centered description).


Place the person’s name in the center. Then ask the person who is in their life in each of the four areas shown and how close to the person are they. The closer they are the closer their name is to the center. As people are added you can check about how far away from the center they should be listed by asking if they are closer or further away then someone who has already been listed. For people who have trouble with written names you can use thumbnail photos. Note that there are people who have very few or no one close to them. For these people doing the relationship map can be depressing and it might not be helpful.