Zones Of Regulation, The
The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. By using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones”. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another, then they can explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports. This provides them with a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the 18 lessons set out to teach students skills including: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.
The curriculum is designed to be taught by those who work with students who struggle with self-regulation including special education and regular education teachers, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, counselors, behaviorists, social workers, and parents.