There is a FABULOUS new resource newly available this fall to teach students about self-regulation and controlling difficult emotions. The curriculum is called, The Zones of Regulation, by Leah Kuypers, M.A., Ed, OT/L. This curriculum is a MUST-HAVE for any educator working with kids with social/emotional needs. The “Zones of Regulation”, are described by the author as, “….. a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones. The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in, controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.”
This curriculum weaves principals from the field of sensory integration, use of the 5 Point Scale (Dunn-Buron & Curtis, www.5pointscale.com) and the principles of social cognition as described by the great Michelle Garcia Winner, (www.socialthinking.com). I had the opportunity to work with Leah for a few years when she was in Minnesota, and have been able to use portions of her curriculum as it was in the development stages. I can attest that this has been invaluable for me with my Asperger kids, students with Emotional/Behavioral needs, and kids with ADD/ADHD. Leah has developed a curriculum that is very easy to follow, provides everything you need to implement, and has a unique componant for data collection and student self-monitoring.
Check out the website at: www.zonesofregulation.com – you can purchase the curriculum for $42 right on the website. You can also purchase this through Michelle Garcia Winner’s site at: http://www.socialthinking.com/books-products/social-thinking-products?page=shop.product_details&category_id=14&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=314
You cannot miss this! Enjoy!