One of many programs to enhance the quality of life for youth
DASCH’s Zones of Regulation Curriculum was created to help students find success at home, in school, and in the community. DASCH SSRS Manager Michelle McCreight has been implementing and adapting this program with fantastic results.
“It’s geared towards helping people gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities.”
The program begins with education around the understanding and awareness of emotions through games, videos, songs, and books. “Once all our emotions have been identified, we establish what the zones mean, for example, the blue zone indicates you may need to refocus because you’re moving too slowly, green indicates happy, calm and ready to learn or work, yellow means we may be frustrated or silly, and red means we are out of control and need to take a break.”
Work then begins on when we find ourselves in the blue, yellow or red zones, identifying what strategies or “tools in our toolbox” can be used to get back in the Green Zone.
“The aim is knowing how to help ourselves succeed regardless of the situations we run into when we’re mad, disappointed, sad, worried, etc.”
Pictured with Michelle is Donna, a member of the DASCH community. Donna and her family are very excited to see how this program will help with regulating her emotions and enhancing her quality of life in all environments!