Zones of Regulation

Zones of Regulation is used in the Primary School. The program is strongly guided by the expertise of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Manual, “Zones of Regulation” which acknowledges that students need to be explicitly taught how to think, monitor and control their behaviours on many fronts. This program teaches students about their own regulation system and how to adjust it.

The system uses four colours to help students visually and verbally self identify how they are functioning in any given moment. They also are given opportunities to develop an understanding of the different internal emotions, sensory needs and thinking patterns that result as they shift from one zone to another. It then allows them to explore a variety of sensory tools that they can use to assist them to regulate what zone they are in and they are taught when, why and how to use these tools.

This program also incorporates “social thinking” to help students learn more about perspective taking to better understanding how being in different zones impacts others’ thoughts and feelings around them. This program also aims to upskill students with a wider choice of vocabulary of emotional terms, to give them skills in reading facial expressions and body language, insights into events which may trigger behaviours as well as problem solving skills.