Zones of Regulation, how I love thee :) This concept was created through the incredible Social Thinking group, run by Speech Pathologists. They create resources for kiddos to assist in making behavior and social concepts more accessible to our unique learners. Their vocabulary and phrasing is SO concrete and helpful for students. I love their materials - but Zones of Regulation happens to me my favorite!!
Today I am going to share how I use Zones in my classroom, using my Zones of Regulation Toolkit. First, I introduced the zones using these full page sheets with the corresponding emotions.
I have students talk about times when they have been in each zone, and what kinds of behaviors they had. NOTE: only complete the TEACHING of Zones activities when your students are at their baseline!! Teaching should not occur when kiddos are in any zone except green - it just won't work any other way!
After we talk about the zones, we complete these worksheets for a few days. These can be done in stations, pairs, or whole group. I personally do these together with the kids using our document camera.
I have them use crayons to color in the specific zones, etc. It makes it more interactive, fun, and helps drive home the concepts.
The next steps that we use are figuring out WHAT they can do when they experience the red, yellow, or blue zone so that they can get back to the green zone. We do a LOT of modeling for this stage, and you'll see that your students comprehend the strategies at different rates. At the end of October, I still have 2 students that I work with on strategies on a daily basis, because they are struggling to generalize. Baby steps! This also needs to be differentiated based on what resources you have in your classroom/school. For instance, if you have a sensory room, you may add that as a resource students can use when they are in a certain zone. For the resources I listed in the product, I made them pretty general, as I think every school probably has access to these resources.
Do you use Zones of Regulation in your classroom? How do YOU use it?
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