Zones of Regulation

Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is a framework, created by Leah Kuypers which was designed to “foster regulation and emotional control.” The programme aims to teach children about self-regulation by categorising all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete coloured zones. The framework provides strategies to teach pupils to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts.

What Are The Zones?

The zones are a self-regulation approach to behaviour that categories all the different ways we feel into different colours, which helps children to identify the way they are feeling.

Emotions in all of the zones are natural to experience, but by using the framework children will learn how to recognise and manage feelings from all zones, as well as further understand how those around them may be feeling.

The framework also provides strategies to help children understand how they can control their emotions and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts. The goal of introducing children to the framework is to help them move towards independent emotion regulation. This is a lifelong skill that they will not only be able to transfer to future educational settings but also use in their relationships and situations they encounter outside of school. 

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings.
Emotions in this zone may include when someone feels sad, tired, sick and bored.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm sense of alertness.
Feelings in this zone include happy, focused, content and ready to learn.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and intense emotions. However, children experiencing yellow zone levels of alertness will feel more in control of their emotions than those feeling red zone emotions.
Emotions in this zone include stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness and nervousness.
The Red Zone is used to describe an extremely heightened sense of alertness and intense emotions.
The emotions in the red zone include anger, rage, devastation and fear.
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