Self-regulation is defined as the ability to manage and monitor one’s own state of emotions, thoughts, impulses, and behaviors in a socially appropriate way within their environment.


Indicators of poor self-regulation include:

      • Frequent meltdowns
      • Difficulty with change
      • Difficulty with new environments
      • Impulse behaviors
      • Avoids big feelings
      • Overly intense feelings
      • Low frustration tolerance
      • Difficulty taking turns

Zones of Regulation is a structured framework to teach and assist children how to self-regulate. This program allows children to tap into different tools to identify and navigate their feelings between 4 zones.

Children will go through and develop skills on how to identify emotions with their correlating zone, identify triggers, implement coping strategies, and identify the size of the problem to improve overall self-regulation.


Michigan Pediatric Therapy has therapists trained in the Zones of Regulation approach. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.

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