Z O N E U P
The Zones of regulation developed bu Leah Kuypers, is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach designed to teach self-regulation and emotional control by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones: blue, green, yellow and red.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness such as feeling sad, tired, sick, bored. This is when the body and brain may feel slow and sluggish.
The Green Zone is used to describe a regulated state of alertness such as feeling calm, happy and focused. This is the zone that children need to be in to socialize and learn effectively.
The Yellow Zone is used to describe a heightened state of alertness such as feeling stressed, frustrated, anxious, silly, nervous. This is the zone when children may start to lose some control over their actions.
The Red Zone is used to describe an extremely heightened state of alertness such as rage, panic and terror. This is the zone when children are no longer in control of their actions.
The Zones of Regulation program teaches children how to master the following skills:
Sensory regulation: The ability to learn how to manage and respond appropriately to sensory input from their environment.
Emotional Regulation: The ability to recognise body clues associated with different emotional levels and understand how others think and feel in response to our emotional state.
Executive functioning: The ability to have cognitive control over our behaviour. Our executive function skills include our ability to sustain attention, plan, problem solving and use positive self-talk. These skills are vital for building a positive foundation for the development of resilience skills.
In the program, children learn strategies to assist them to match their state of alertness to the demands of the environment. Once children develop awareness of each of the zones they are then ready to learn calming and resilience strategies to help them to stay in the ‘Green Zone’.
The program runs during school terms in blocks of 6 - 8 weeks.
Each participant will receive a Zones Folder to store handouts and worksheets completed which can be taken home at the end of the program.
Parents will receive copies of their child's work, feedback and information about the program to support their child's learning at home.