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Seven Zones of Regulation Activities: Emotional Regulation 

Information from This Original Official Website:

4. Fingerprint Faces: Just another fun way to reinforce the different zones of regulation   

5. Feelings Beanbag Toss: Kids toss beanbags or balls into buckets labeled with the four zones.  You can either have them name a time they were in that zone, name a feeling that falls into that zone. or give a strategy they could use to get into (or stay in) the green zone.

6. Zones Uno: Add a twist to the card game Uno.  Whenever anyone changes a color they have to talk about a time they were in that color zone (or, as above, name a feeling in that zone or a strategy for dealing with that zone).

7. Size of the Problem: Another option for working on size of the problem…  Place a piece of masking tape on the floor, numbered from 1 (teeny weeny problem) to 5 (huge emergency-sized problem).  Write problems on index cards. and have the child place the card where they think it falls on the line.  See if others agree.
Click Here for my post containing a collection of Feeling Charts – free printable
Click Here for my post containing many FREE Emotion Cards.

Brief Overview of The Zones of Regulation:(Leah Kuypers)

All feelings fall into one of the four “zones,” generally depending on how much physical and emotional energy is involved.  Zones are not judged as positive or negative; for example both “enraged” and “ecstatic” fall in the red zone because they both are emotionally extreme. A problem arises when a feeling is not expected or proportional under the circumstances.
Zones lessons teach children how to identify their feelings’ intensity, how to recognize personal triggers, how to judge the size of a problem, how their behavior might affect others, and how to develop a repertoire of “tools” for self-regulation. Children grasp the concept of  the different zones, and enjoy working on their “toolboxes” for self-control.
A bonus about using this curriculum is that it jibes nicely with Social Thinking concepts (and Social Thinking pairs well with my favorite approach, Collaborative Problem Solving)
Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner)
If you haven’t heard about Social Thinking yet, get thee to this site immediately! Invaluable resource for working with kids on the Autism Spectrum.  Much of it can be used with neuro-typical kids too.
Collaborative Problem Solving (Ross Greene & Stuart Ablon)
Dr. Greene wrote the amazing “The Explosive Child” and “Lost at School,” and co-wrote “Treating the Explosive Child” with Dr. Ablon.  The basic philosophy is that children do well if they can, and when they don’t it’s frequently due to a lagging thinking skill in an area like emotional regulation, executive function, frustration tolerance, or social skills. This is my favorite because there’s a very clear format for having problem-solving conversations with kids, and if you follow the format you’re actually teaching the lagging skills at the same time you’re solving the problem at hand.  Wow!
www.livesinthebalance.orgPositive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
This site is brilliant because not only does it have lots of PBIS strategies, it’s also interactive.  Teachers can enter a problem behavior exhibited by a child, and they’ll be given a menu of Tier 1 interventions that they can try.  If those don’t work they get a list of Tier 2 interventions, and so on.


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