The Zones of Regulation
The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control created by Occupational Therapist Leah M. Kuypers.
We have taken the decision to roll out our use of The Zones of Regulation, previously used with identified individuals, as a whole school approach from after February half term. This is because we feel that these were relevant and valuable skills for all of our pupils to learn and develop. We have also believe that it will help us to develop a common language across the school through which to discuss emotions and behaviours.
Teachers will share the content of the curriculum flexibly with their classes in line with their age and stage of development and in response to the needs of the cohort. Some individuals and small groups already work more intensively with the materials to support their particular needs. Some content is going to be covered in assemblies for the whole school to access. All classrooms will have the Zones on display.
What is self-regulation?
Self-regulation can be described as the ability to adjust your level of alertness (including your senses, emotions and impulses) to fit the situation you are in and express this through socially appropriate behaviours. For example, the level of alertness required to read a book in a library and that needed to compete in a football match are very different, and the socially expected behaviours in each situation would also differ. It encompasses the skills of self-control, resilience, anger management, impulse control and sensory regulation.
What is ‘The Zones of Regulation?'
It is not:
The Blue Zone: a low energy state where the ‘slow’ feelings reside, e.g. sad, tired, bored, sick
The Green Zone: the optimum state for the classroom and includes feelings such as: happy, calm, focussed, proud
The Yellow Zone: a high energy state where the ‘fizzy’ feelings are found, e.g. excited, frustrated, anxious, silly
The Red Zone: an ‘out of control’ state including feelings such as: angry, aggressive, terrified, elated
The Colour Monster
We have used The Colour Monster in school for a while and it works very well alongside the Zones of Regulation. This character, from the story of the same name by Anna Llenas, can be used by the children to indicate that they are feeling ‘mixed up’ inside, experiencing many emotions at once or are not sure how they are feeling. The book will also be used as a way of introducing the idea of matching colours to feelings with our children.