A 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
  • Next class offered will be during the 20-21 school year.

DSANV had a successful Winter session of Relationshapes. On February 12, Relationshape students were able to show off their awesome social skills at the DSANV Volunteer Appreciation Event. Students helped check in guests and meet and mingle with honorees. Also, the Relationshape class was able to enjoy a end of session pizza party.

Relationshape 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.

The Relationshape Virtual Activities are for students who have taken the class and want to reinforce the concepts from the Circles Curriculum. Also, individuals who haven’t taken the Relationshape class are welcome to work on the activities. Here is a overview that introduces the concepts of the Relationshapes class. Our hope is to offer the Relationshape class in the Fall, and these activities will serve as a preview.

Here is a calendar of Relationshape Activity submissions:

Activity 1-  can be submitted between April 10 – April 24

Activity 2 – April 25 – May 9

Activity 3 – May 10 – May 24

Activity 4 – May 25 -June 4

All Relationshape Virtual Activities can be sent to

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

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