The Zones of Regulation
A Practical Approach to Self Control
8-week group at Pediatric Therapeutics
began February 17 and concluded on April 6.
Emotions affect what we do and how we do it. What we do affects our emotions. Emotionality is a dimension of self-regulation, as is arousal, activity level, attention and organization. The relationship between self-regulation, emotionality and behavior is very real for all of us and has the potential to make a tremendous difference in daily life when practically addressed.
The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. In a small group format, children become familiar with four different “zones” or states of self- regulation/emotionality. Participants learn to recognize when they are in each state. They acquire calming and cognitively-based strategies, and sensory supports for their own use in controlling their actions, increasing self-control, and skillfully solving problems. First published in 2011, The Zones of Regulation is successfully used in schools and clinics internationally. Pediatric Therapeutics “Zones” groups began in 2013. Since then, groups have been and will continue to be run for children of various ages from kindergarten through early teens. Often led by Liz Duffy, OTR and Missy Briody, MS, OTR, the group incorporates a variety of sensory-motor and relationship-based activities into the Zones curriculum, and includes daily life experiences of the participants and their families in their child/family-centered approach.
To find out more about the curriculum go to www.zonesofregulation.com
In related news, Liz Duffy, OTR, will be the guest speaker discussing Self-Regulation at the Annual BFF Event at Kean University on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. Organized by the Student OT Association at Kean University, the day features activities and resources for children and adults with Autism.
The event will run from 10am-2pm in the Miron Student Center at Kean University. Please email SOTA@KEAN.EDU for more information.