Zones Of Regulation
Our school goal is - High Levels of Learning and Wellbeing For All. The inclusion of wellbeing is a commitment by our school to ensure that every child has the capacity to flourish. As part of that commitment we implement 'The Zones of Regulation' program, which is a curriculum designed to foster self - regulation and emotional control. This is taught in Kindergarten to Year 6. The program consists of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, a licensed occupational therapist, to help children gain skills in the area of self-regulation. Using the Zones of Regulation complements our school's Positive Behaviours for Learning (PBL) expectations and procedures.
Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific activity or situation. For example, when a child plays on the playground or in a competitive game, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, the same state of alertness would not be appropriate for the classroom. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help your child recognise when they are in different zones as well as learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in. In addition to addressing self-regulation, your child will gain an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading other people's facial expressions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insights into events that trigger their behaviour, calming and alerting strategies, and problem solving skills.