Zones of Regulation

Zones of Regulation
What are the Zones of Regulation?

The Zones of Regulation curriculum developed by Leah M. Kuypers, MA Ed. OTR/L, uses a cognitive behavioral approach. It is geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving skills. The Zones of Regulation approach "uses four colors to help students identify how they are feeling in the moment based on their emotions and level of alertness."  With this self-awareness, students are better equipped to detect triggers, read social context and consider how their behavior impacts those around them. Using this technique, students learn improved emotional control, sensory regulation, self-awareness, and problem-solving abilities. 

Using a cognitive behavioral approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states or “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different color:

The
 Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated, euphoric, 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, however individuals have more 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 where optimal learning occurs.

The
 Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

Source: Leah M. Kuypers, M.Ed. (2011).  Find more information on https://www.socialthinking.com/

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