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This booklet is about helping children towards the goal of self-regulation. There are five zones outlined in this booklet which help children understand their different stages of regulation. It is based on the Zones of Regulation work that has become popular in schools throughout the world. The booklet explains what the key words for each zone are and explains possible triggers.
The materials in this package are adapted from Leah Kuyper’s book on self-regulation, The Zones of Regulation® (2011), published by Social Thinking Publishing, www.socialthinking.com and used with permission.
Green is Good to Go.
Blue is Tired and Slow.
Yellow is Not so Right.
Orange is Feeling Uptight.
Red is over the top
And then it’s too late to STOP
So keep me in the Green
Green is where I want to be seen.
"The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. A person is described as “out of control” if in the Red Zone. A person can be highly excited as well in the Red Zone
The Orange Zone is used to describe a heightened state of arousal. It's between the yellow and the red zone and can be used in situations where children need to be able to see that they are loosing control and if they go into the Red Zone their control will be gone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the Zone students predominately need to be in the classroom.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored."