Zones of Regulation Info

The Zones of Regulation® is a framework and curriculum designed to support self-regulation in children and foster skills in emotional control, sensory regulation and executive functions. It is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach that uses four colors to help children visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment considering their emotions and state of alertness. The model incorporates Social Thinking® concepts to help children use perspective taking, identify how they are thinking and feeling and understand how their thoughts and behaviors impact those around them. The Zones and its strategies enable children to become more self-aware and use tools to regulate to a more expected state to be more successful.  

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A child may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation or terror when in the Red Zone.  

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions but a child has some control in the Yellow Zone. A child may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.

The Green Zone describes a calm state of alertness. A child in the Green Zone may be described as happy, focused, content or ready to learn.

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness, such as when a child feels sad, tired, sick or bored.

Children are expected to be in each of the zones at one time or another. The Zones focuses on teaching children how to determine what zone is expected based on the environment and the people around them.

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