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Zones of Regulation

At The Pines, we recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to our students and their families. We believe in teaching the children, from a young age, to have open discussions around mental health and wellbeing, and empowering them with the tools to regulate their own emotions.


We use the Zones of Regulation to teach our pupils to identify emotions in themselves and others and provide them with bank of strategies to help regulate their emotions and improve their wellbeing. One of the core beliefs of this program is that ALL feelings are ok, but we aim to help the children navigate the negative emotions in a healthy way. 


Here are some things that the Zones of Regulation can help with…

Identifying your emotions by categorizing feelings into four zones 
Self-regulation: This is all about regulating your body and emotional regulation.
Identifying triggers: Learning what makes you “tick” and why.
Coping strategies: Various ways that help achieve emotional regulation and manage strong emotions.
Size of the problem: Introduces the idea that the size of your reaction should match the size of your problem, how to identify the size of your problem, and strategies for problem-solving.
Expected behaviour vs unexpected behaviour: This also covers perspective taking and how your behaviour affects the thoughts and feelings of the people around you.

Find out more information about the Zones in this handy powerpoint