The Zones of Regulation is centred around the use of four colours (red, green, blue and yellow) to help children identify how they are feeling and to categorise it based on these colours. Through learning about the Zones and undertaking the activities, we hope the children will learn to better understand their emotions and sensory needs. The children will learn different strategies to cope with and manage their emotions.
The activities that the children will take part in will depend on the age of the children. The children in Early Years will begin by learning to identify different emotions whilst the children in Key Stage 2 will learn how our behaviour can impact upon the feelings of those around us.
- Ask your child throughout the day "What zone are you in?", "How do you feel?". "Why are you in the _____ Zone?"
- Discuss what emotion they feel in each zone e.g. in the yellow zone I may feel worried - you can use the pictures of the school displays to help them identify which colour zone they are in.
- Discuss how they physically feel e.g. in yellow zone I may have butterflies in my stomach or have sweaty palms (if feeling anxious).
- Discuss what their actions might be e.g. in yellow zone would they be pacing around, snapping at others, fidgeting?
- Discuss how to help them move into the Green zone e.g. if I was in the Yellow zone and feeling anxious, I might find competing some yoga stretches/ breathing techniques helps me get back into the green zone.
- Create a list of strategies that work for your child- Remind your child that we are all unique and the strategies that work for one person might not help them so they need to think about what would help them.
- Model how you are feeling to them eg: "I am feeling _______ because you are not listening carefully to instructions. "
Remind them that we will experience all zones and there are no good or bad zones- however our success in regulating our emotions depends on us recognising our emotion, understanding it and putting a support strategy in place.
- remain calm and organised in a stressful situation
- cheer themselves up after a disappointment
- knows when they are experiencing sensory overload and can make adjustments
- understands when it is appropriate to cheer and shout and when to be quiet