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Managing emotions for thriving at learning

Emotions and feelings impact students' attention spam and ability to learn. For certain children, socio-emotional self-regulation is a challenge because it is hard for them to acknowledge feelings or emotions and relate them to the behaviours and actions they see. When students understand the connection between their arousal states and their ability to self-regulate, they can identify different emotional levels (or zones) which they are currently in at any given time.

With therapy sessions now moved to online settings, and children receiving tele-therapy as their source for occupational therapy intervention, these tele-therapy activities can serve as a starting point towards helping children thrive in virtual therapy sessions.

Using regulation tools and strategies, children can appropriately and efficiently manage their emotions to respond to the demands of a given learning task

The Zones of Regulation program helps children, their teachers and parents identify, address and use strategies to achieve good self-control and emotional regulation in the children in a non-judgmental and safe way. Using the zones helps to take the focus off of the child as being “good” or “bad” and places the focus on obtaining control to get back to the “green zone.”

The at-home, self-regulation tools include:

  1. Zones Pocket Play

  2. Zones Check-in Tube

  3. Zone Check-in Frame

  4. Zone Grab Bag Game

  5. Zones of Regulation Craft

  6. Make a Coping Skills Toolbox

  7. Make a Zones of Regulation Chart

  8. Keep a Self-Regulation Journal

  9. Identify Emotions Through Play

  10. Explore Self-regulation Skills

Access the tools at this link and start practicing with your child:

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