Zones of Regulation: The Importance of Mastering Self-Regulation

By June 15, 2017 Parents No Comments

Self-regulation is something that everyone–regardless of age, diagnoses, intelligence, etc.–must continually work on.


Because when we are aware of the times we are “less regulated” or stimulated to act in a certain (sometimes unfavorable) way, it’s important that we are able to do something to control our behavior in order to put  ourselves in a better place.  

For many adults, this comes naturally. But for many children, especially those diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, etc., this is a skill that must be learned.

How is this done? It’s actually a fairly simple process.

The zones of regulation that aid in self-regulation can be broken down into four categories that include the…

  • Blue Zone: sad
  • Green Zone: happy
  • Yellow zone: frustrated
  • Red Zone: mad/angry

Because we have the four zones, we can pair our tools  into each zone to allow for a more systematic way to approach self-regulation.

Example: Little Tommy is approaching the red zone and is feeling very angry and frustrated. The best tool for the red zone is to allow a child to have a “cool down” break where he can walk away and choose something that’s soothing or will help him release whatever is making him angry.

Tommy knows about all four zones. He also knows that once he’s approaching the red zone, the “ask” will be to separate himself from his peers and take a break.

Because Tommy knows this, he is able to remove himself from the situation before he becomes destructive, throws a tantrum, or becomes uncontrollable.

Tommy can let the teacher, professional, or parent he’s with know that he needs to cool down. After only 30-seconds or maybe 5 minutes,Tommy has collected himself and calmed the “fire in the brain” and is ready to rejoin whatever activity is going on.

Boom! Tommy has used a tool to self-regulate himself, using a strategy that many adults still use. He’s now in a better place and you didn’t have to dish out a punishment for bad behavior. It’s a win-win all around.

There are different tools and techniques that are used in all four zones of regulation that help teach kids to self-regulate while helping parents, teachers, or professionals avoid major meltdowns.

How cool is that?

I can’t stress enough how important is for you and your children’s therapist, teachers, or coaches to have a solid understanding of the zones of regulation.

So important, that I myself wanted to learn more about the topic.

Which is why I’m going to be interviewing The Zones of Regulation expert, Leah Kuypers in my brand-new expert interview series, Sharpen Your Professional Skills.  

During this interview, Leah will share more  about The Zones of Regulation Framework–a systematic way to categorize the way we feel on the “inside,” which includes energy, emotions, levels of arousal, and more!

We’ll be talking specifically about the blue, green, yellow, and red zones of regulation and how you can use them to help parents, teachers, and other professionals assist children in learning to self-manage their feelings and behavior in a kind and non-judgemental way.

To take it a step further, Leah even explains how she uses the zones of regulation with her own kids. Check out this sneak preview…

Sharpen your Skills Leah

My Sharpen Your Professional Skills interview series is 100% FREE! All you have to do is register below to get access!

Yes! I want access to the Sharpen Your Professional Skills interview series. 

Once you register for the series, you’ll be given all the information you need to know to access all 6 video interviews I’ll be conducting over the summer months.

The first interview with Leah Kuypers will be held on June 22. Sign up for this FREE series today so you don’t miss it!

Throughout the summer, I’ll also be interviewing other experts including…

  • Renaye Thornborrow: How to Help Inspire and Empower Kids to Believe in Themselves and Build Self-Confidence
  • Steve Hoskinson, MA, MAT: Organic Intelligence®: a unique theory on human empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the effects of stress, trauma, and PTSD.
  • Dr. Tony Ebel: Discovering the Ingredients That Create the Perfect Storm: ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder
  • And more!

I promise, this FREE series will benefit both you as a parent and your child.

So, what do you say?

Get Access to the Sharpen Your Professional Skills Video series now! 

I look forward to connecting with you during this awesome new series!

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