This is ideal for ALL classrooms (ASD, OD, Gen. Ed., et. al.) that face emotion regulation situations. Help guide them through these challenges with easy-to-follow pictures and instructions.
After using the ZONES of Regulation for a year with students on the spectrum as well as whole class, I realized that the colors of the ZONES lined up almost perfectly with the characters, and behaviors of those characters of some beloved childhood friends.
After introducing how we learn and how sometimes our bodies and emotions can interfere with the learning process, I reassured the class that there was HOPE...in the Star ZONES.
We walked through each, beginning with the Green; how does it feel, what does it look/sound like and how when we're in the Green ZONE, we're calm and one with the Force. We are ready to learn (young Padawans).
We went over the Blue, Red, and Yellow and talked about the way each felt, sounded, and looked like. We then talked about what we can do when we find ourselves in those ZONES.
You'll notice the faces of the characters are blank. This is to help the kids interact and brainstorm how one's body and/or face might look when in these ZONES.
The greatest accomplishment (I think) was that we set up a quiet corner, where we posted these ZONES. When we felt like we were in one, we could visit the corner, find our ZONE, practice a tool, and return once in the Green ZONE (or close). The kids on their own would come in from a rough recess or if they had a hard time separating from mom/dad in the morning and ask to visit the corner, practice 1-2 activities, and return when they felt a little better. This independence relieved the stress of the classroom and empowered the children.
The buy-in with kids can be the hardest part. Finding what's cool now and what will maintain their attention throughout the year can be exhausting, which is why I turned to these folks. We can nerd-out, connect, and chill-out all at the same time.
(Don't forget to have fun with it!!)