The coronavirus pandemic with the subsequent closure of schools and other dramatic changes in life has created a mental health crisis among our children. The governor of Washington State recently declared a state of emergency for childhood mental health. As our students and teachers get ready to go back to school for in-person learning, it will be imperative to provide supports for student mental health and well-being.
Staff at Westhill Elementary use the Zones of Regulation framework which is designed to support emotional awareness and self-regulation in students grades K-5. Recent materials have been developed by the author of the Zones to complement and support this curriculum. These tools will provide much-needed support for the teachers to continue to implement this vital program.
*The Road to Regulation and The Regulation Station. These books provide engaging social scenarios and strategies to help children at developmental ages 5-11 explore how lessons from The Zones of Regulation curriculum book can be used at school and at home. Kids love stories and will identify with the characters and the everyday situations as they learn about their feelings and emotions and how their bodies help show and tell them what they are feeling. Readers will also learn along with the characters that they can manage and control how they feel by using tools—such as movement, activities, and art—to relax, focus, and stay calm so they can meet their goals and needs of the day.
*Tools to Try Cards for Kids includes 4”x 6” tool cards and is an easy, user-friendly way to introduce over 50 self-regulation strategies to kids ages 5–10 and empower them to make choices toward figuring out what works best for them.
*Zones Poster: Adapted from the colorful 2-page layout in The Regulation Station storybook, this 24” x 18” poster summarizes lessons taught throughout The Zones of Regulation 2-Storybook Set. The poster is an in-the-moment reminder of the four steps needed to (1) recognize your feelings, (2) identify your Zone, (3) choose a tool, and (4) use the tool to help regulate your feelings experienced across different situations.
Thank you for your support!
Bridget Sachse | Occupational Therapist | Westhill Elementary