When it comes to creating a positive and supportive learning environment, the Zones of Regulation play a crucial role in our classroom. Our school understands the importance of helping children develop self-regulation skills, emotional intelligence, and an awareness of their own emotions. Through the use of the Zones of Regulation framework, we provide our students with the necessary tools to navigate their emotions and make positive choices.
PARENTS GUIDE TO ZONES OF REGULATION
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Putting Zones of Regulation into practice in school and at home.
Through our work in school on Zones of Regulation, all our children will be encouraged to develop their personal toolbox of strategies to support their own emotional regulation.
This means that children are able to adjust their state of alertness, energy levels and emotions to meet the demands of different situations, meet goals and gain a sense of wellness.
At times, children may need support to become regulated- this is co-regulation. This means that an adult or peer will help the child to recognise and name their emotions, describe how this is making them feel and think about ways they can work together to make sure the child feels settled, in control and ready to learn again.
As children develop an understanding of their own emotions, they will become more skilled at self- regulating. Even as adults, we are not able to self-regulate all of the time and will still need co-regulation and support from others, depending on the situation.
As our children develop their regulation skills, it is important to still know that there are times when dysregulation will happen. This is normal for children and adults. Through school’s work on Zones of Regulation, the key message is that all emotions are normal and acceptable to feel at times. The important thing is how we recognise and deal with these emotions when we feel them.
Strategies to help children to develop their toolbox of strategies, in school and at home
It is important to start the regulation process by recognising and naming and validating the emotion and thinking about what zone this emotions means we are in.
It is then important to think about how this emotion makes our body feel and what we could do to solve the problem and help regain a sense of calmness.
Below are a selection of resources to support with this.