The Zones of Regulation
At Forty Hill we use the Zones of Regulation to support our children in making choices. We encourage our children to understand and identify their emotions and in turn, the tools that support them in dealing with their feelings in an appropriate and effective way. Our aim is that through understanding and managing our feelings, we can in turn regulate our choices and behaviour. Our children are familiar with the green, red, blue and yellow zones. We encourage our staff and children to use this terminology when approaching discussions around emotions as a shared and common language making discussion accessible to all. Our children are also explicitly taught about toolboxes for coping in each zone with the end goal of being ready to learn. We offer our children a range of strategies for their ‘toolboxes’, encompassing sensory supports, thinking strategies and calming techniques.