Zones of Regulation
Why the Zones of Regulation is important
- Everyone wants to do well, or ‘Be the best they can be’
- Some people/children haven’t learnt the skills yet
- Behaviour is communication
- Changing the outcome won’t change the problem
- Square peg, round hole- celebrate all success
The Zones of Regulation aligns with the Values and ethos of the GLA and BCPA
Social Emotional Core Competencies
Be kind to each other and ourselves
Respect what you or others are going through
Take responsibility for our own regulation and emotion management
Teach children to be responsible for their regulation and emotion management
Do what you can, when you can
Be the best you can
Empower each other to use our skills
Emotions are fluid, all feelings are okay
So what is it?
- The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum to support self-regulation and emotional control.
- It aims to support students in “consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities” (Kuypers, 1).
- It relies on a cognitive behavioral approach to support students in identifying their feelings and strategies to support them in coping with feelings in order to remain calm and ready to learn.
What is 'Zones of Regulation'?
- Uses the language of “zones” to help students self-identify their current states of alertness and ability to self-regulate (i.e., green, blue, yellow, and red zones).
- Supports pupils in identifying triggers and coping strategies, building self-regulation skills, and differentiating behaviour based on context.
- It is not a punitive discipline model or behaviour approach.
These ‘tools’ aren’t just for school: they can be used at home too so you can help your child to regulate (manage) their emotions.
Read through some of the strategies below to decide what would go in your Zones of Regulation toolkit? Think about:
- What helps you to calm down when you are stressed?
- What helps you to focus when you are tired?
- What do you do to calm down when you are angry?
Different tools work for different people. Can you help your child choose what works for them when they need to move from one zone to another?