Self-Regulation Tools/Zones of Regulation Tools
Self-regulation is defined as the ability to control and monitor our own behavior, emotions, or thoughts. Individuals with good self-regulation strategies are able to alter his/her behaviors, emotions, or thoughts in accordance with the given situation. For example, if you were tired at work you will do what is needed to wake yourself up to be productive, like take a walk or get a cup of coffee. If you are angry about something you may take deep breaths or walk away from the situation before you become out of control. The ability to self-regulate is something we often take for granted. I have seen several students throughout the years
who are unable to self-regulate. This leads to melt downs, tantrums, and/or the
inability to concentrate in class. I recently introduced the "Zones of Regulation" curriculum to my co-taught, inclusive Kindergarten. All of the students, not just my students with IEPs or self-regulation delays, have enjoyed learning this curriculum. We are seeing it be used in the classroom, as well as at recess and lunch.
This kit includes 8 x 10 size posters of each color within the Zones of Regulation, what a person might look like in each zone, and strategies to do when in each zone. The posters are ready to be laminated and hung! It also includes an individual zones check-in, for a student to label what zone he/she is in throughout the day, and a "take deep breaths" card. I have found for my students that using this deep breaths card helps them to concentrate on and slow down their breathing as it provides them with a visual and something to do with their hands. Just cut, laminate, and add velcro and these are ready to go as well!
I hope you find these products to be as useful as I do. Thanks so much for looking!