Teachers often have students in their classroom who require support with developing self regulation. Self-regulation is a complex skill and involves a student being able to recognise their own feelings and those of others, how to manage problems safely and appropriately and understanding the consequence of their actions. Do you have a student in your classroom who experiences difficulty with this?
Being able to identify the way they are feeling is the first step in self regulation for many students. Students who are able to identify their emotions early in the behaviour cycle tend to not escalate as quickly.
I have used this resource with student with autism as well as students with special needs integrated into mainstream settings who require a clean visual to assist them.However this is also suitable for mainstream students from k-6.
Many resources on self-regulation include the term 'zones' which can be too complex for younger students. However students are able to link colour to an emotion and therefore find identifying their 'colour' feeling easier.
The poster resource includes the blue and green face for students who experience anxiety and persistent worrying thoughts and who also experience meltdowns.
Enlarge and laminate this resource for easy reference in the classroom.
In addition to the poster individual student cards have been included. These were designed to have minimal words and texts as students who escalate to a meltdown quickly find verbally responding difficult.
The cards can be placed on student desks and they can point to the emotion they are feeling or laminate the card for students to circle.
The card is also useful for students who need to request a break from classroom activities to calm down.