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As teachers in special education classrooms, we saw how our students commonly struggled with self-regulating and identifying emotions which negatively impacted their social skills. We needed something to be able to help them as well as improve behavior management. We began researching different resources to try with our students, that could help them better regulate how they were feeling and Zones of Regulation by Leah Kuypers quickly became something that we used faithfully. It has shown to be very beneficial in our classroom. It improved communication with those students who struggle with vocalizing and recognizing their feelings.
Leah Kuypers "Zones of Regulation" website explains how Zones work...
"The Zones approach uses four colors to help students identify how they are feeling in the moment given their emotions and level of alertness as well as guide them to strategies to support regulation. By understanding how to notice their body’s signals, detect triggers, read social context and consider how their behavior impact those around them, students learn improved emotional control, sensory regulation, self-awareness, and problem-solving abilities."
Some examples of emotions that fall under the four zones are:
: angry, aggressive
: sad, tired
: happy, calm
: silly, upset
What You Get!
In this 5 page booklet, we have included four different worksheets to use for each zone. The cover is also used as a coloring page.
-On the top of each zones worksheet is an anchor chart for students to quickly see what emotions and behaviors fall in that zone. This is a great reference for students to refer back to when they aren't sure what zone a certain emotion falls under.
-Underneath there is a space to write a couple sentences about what might put them in that zone.
-a place to draw a picture.
•Students make a spinner using a pencil and paper clip. Spin on the provided game board that is made up of the four different zones of regulation, and do the following:
•Name an emotion of the zone you land on
•Tell a story about a time you were in that zone
•Tell about something that puts you in that zone
Check out our included preview above for further clarity and examples of what is included.
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