The Zones of Regulation was developed to teach a variety of social-emotional skills to children, starting with early emotional skills and advancing on to self-regulation and navigating social situations. 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.


    Here are some key terms from The Zones of Regulation curriculum:


    • Identifying your emotions: Categorizing feelings into four zones
    • Self-regulation: Achieving the preferred state of alertness (zone) for a situation. This is all about regulating your body and emotional regulation.
    • Coping Strategies: Various techniques and strategies that help achieve emotional regulation and manage strong emotions
    • Size of the Problem: Introduces the idea that the size of your reaction should match the size of your problem, how to identify the size of your problem, and strategies for problem-solving.
    • Expected Behavior vs. Unexpected Behavior: This also covers perspective-taking and how your behavior affects the thoughts and feelings of the people around you.
  • The Goals of the Zones of Regulation

  • The 4 Zones

  • Tools for Regulation

  • Tips for Practicing the Zones of Regulation at Home

  • Book Recommendations