My message to you:
I am thrilled to share my life's work with you. As an OT by trade I had many students that struggled not just with regulation, but also emotional control. Too frequently this interfered with their everyday life. It was these experiences that gave me the idea of creating The Zones of Regulation framework. The Zones is a systematic, cognitive-behavioral approach used to teach us how to regulate our feelings, energy and sensory needs in order to meet the demands of the situation around us and be successful socially. I continue to create Zones of Regulation materials and provide trainings on the framework around the world. I hope you can join me along with our Zones team in my passion to support those around us.
About The Zones of Regulation
"WE ALL ENCOUNTER TRYING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT TEST OUR LIMITS FROM TIME TO TIME. IF WE ARE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE WHEN WE ARE BECOMING LESS REGULATED, WE ARE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT TO MANAGE OUR FEELINGS AND GET OURSELVES TO A HEALTHY PLACE. THIS IS THE GOAL OF THE ZONES OF REGULATION."
What are the zones?
The Zones of Regulation is the original framework and curriculum (Kuypers, 2011) that develops awareness of feelings, energy and alertness levels while exploring a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, prosocial skills, self-care, and overall wellness. This curriculum provides us an easy way to think and talk about how we feel on the inside and sort these feelings into four colored Zones, all of which are expected in life. Once we understand our feelings and zones, we can learn to use tools/strategies to manage our different Zones in order to meet goals like doing schoolwork or other tasks, managing big feelings, and healthy relationships with others. The simple, common language and visual structure of The Zones of Regulation helps make the complex skill of regulation more concrete for learners and those who support them.
HOw to get started with the zones
Whether you are implementing at a whole-school Tier 1 level, or Tier 2 & 3 intervention level, you will want to follow these steps for success.
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