Since the beginning of the year we have been learning about Zones of Regulations and this term we have focused more on why we need to teach ourselves GOOD coping and regulation strategies. The children are quite focused and reflected on the value of learning the strategies as this learning can help them when they become stressed, anxious, or sad. Here are some terms families can further discuss with the children allowing them to reflect on their understanding.
Things we should know about Zones of Regulations
Self-regulation: The ability to achieve the preferred state of alertness for the given situation. This includes regulating one’s body’s needs as well as one’s emotions.
The Zones: A concept used to help students learn how to self-regulate. The Zones of Regulation creates a system to categorize how the body feels and emotions into four colored zones with which the students can easily identify.
Blue Zone: Used to describe a low state of alertness. The Blue Zone is used to describe when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
Green Zone: Used to describe the ideal state of alertness. A person may be described as calm, happy, focused, or content when he or she is in the Green Zone. The student feels a strong sense of internal control when in the Green Zone.
Yellow Zone: Used to describe a heightened state of alertness. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, or fear when in the Yellow Zone. The student’s energy is elevated yet he or she feels some sense of internal control in the Yellow Zone.
Red Zone: Used to describe an extremely heightened state of alertness. A person may be experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, panic, extreme grief, terror, or elation when in the Red Zone and feels a loss of control.
Toolbox: A collection of calming and alerting strategies a student can pull from depending on the present need.
Tools or strategies: Used interchangeably to refer to a calming or alerting technique that aids the student in self-regulation.
Trigger: An irritant that causes a student to become less regulated and increases the likelihood of going into the Yellow or Red Zone. Stop, Opt, and Go: A concept used to aid students in controlling impulses and problem solving better solutions. This phrase is paired with a stoplight to provide additional cues for students.
Expected behaviors: Behaviors that give people around you good or comfortable thoughts about you.