Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation

4-12 Years

Cognitive behaviour approach

The program is a curriculum geared towards helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behaviour approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognise when they are in different states called “zones”.

The 4 Zones

With each of the four zones represented by a colour. Students learn to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use between Zones.

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How to self-regulate

To deepen student’s understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: How to read others facial expressions and recognise broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills

Who can benefit from The Zones Program?

The program is designed for students who struggle with self-regulation. Sometimes deficits in regulation could be a manifestation of a neurobiological disorder and/or a social-learning challenge, but not everyone who has difficulty regulating has a diagnosis.

Originally the program was developed for students with Autism, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder and anxiety disorders, however the curriculum can reach a broader population.

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