Zones of Regulation
What is Zones of Regulation?
Zones of Regulation is a curriculum that aims to help children develop skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names; some examples include: self-control, self-management and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions, for a specific situation.
Zones of Regulation aims to:
- help children understand that ALL feelings are good to have.
- help children recognise when they are in the different Zones (feeling a certain emotion) and how to change or stay in the Zone they are in.
- gain an increased vocabulary of emotional terms so that children can explain how they are feeling.
- gain insight into events that might make children move into the different Zones eg. a disagreement with a friend, a certain subject being
taught or a fire drill.
- help children understand that emotions, sensory experiences, physiological needs (eg. hunger/lack of sleep) and environments can influence which Zone they are in.
- develop problem-solving skills.
At Highfield each classroom has a Regulation Station, as well as the 'Zones' posters (as seen below) to support children's understanding of each zone. A 'Regulation Station' is an area with a range of activities that children can access to help them self-regulate. Some examples may include fidgets, poppets, play dough, colouring and/or books. All children have been introduced to the 'Zones' and they are learning how to self-regulate and understand their own feelings/emotions.
If you have any questions about the Zones of Regulation please email Mrs Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you decide to create a 'Regulation Station' at home please email your pictures to the SEN email above, we would love to share them!
An example of a class Regulation Station:
Some children/families have set up Regulation Stations at home - here are some pictures.
They are fantastic!
Zones of Regulation posters: