Thursday, March 1, 2018

Blue Zone Tools



 Welcome to the OT Cutler School Parent Blog. 

In this blog we will discuss Zones of Regulation tools we can use when we are in the blue zone.  In the blue zone we have low energy.  We may feel sleepy, tired, bored, hurt, sick, or sad.  Blue Zone Tools are alerting, give us energy, and can help us get back to the Green Zone to be ready to participate. Some examples of tools that students use in the Blue Zone when they are in school are:  
School Blue Zone Tools:
Drink water
Deep breaths/orb breathing (3-5)
Use a fidget
Take a break
Take a walk
Stretch
Chair or wall push-ups
Squeeze hands together
Use a cushion
Stand desk
Gum
On February 14th we had an all school assembly.  The focus of the assembly was to review the four Zones and tools that can be used to be in the Green Zone, ready to participate more of the time.  At the assembly the students learned that we sometimes need more than one Zone Tool to get us to the correct zone.  For example, if a student is in the Blue Zone and tired in school they might first stretch and if they are still not in the Blue Zone they can get a drink of water.  Above is a follow-up activity from one of the classes on Blue Zone Tools.  These tools can also be used at home. 

In our next Blog we will discuss the purpose of fidgets.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Yellow Zone Tools

Welcome to the OT Cutler School Parent Blog. 

We are continuing with our discussion about the Zones of Regulation tools (strategies) for big emotions.  In the Yellow Zone you have some loss of control, but you can generally get it back.  In the Yellow Zone you may have frustration, anxiety, jealousness, grouchiness, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness. Yellow Zone tools help us to calm down to get back to the Green Zone to be ready to participate.  Many of the tools the students use in school they can use at home. Some examples of school tools that students use in the Yellow Zone are listed below.

School Yellow Zone Tools:
Take a break (rest and return area)
Deep breaths (3-5)
Read
Drink water
Use a fidget
Shark Fin
Ask for help (Use your words)
Positive self-talk
Have a snack
Gum
Take a walk
Work in a quiet space
Use noise cancellation headphones
Use stand desk
Use seat air cushion
Use a weighted lap pad



The next blog will focus Blue Zone Tools (strategies) that can be used at home and school.  If you have any questions about Zones of Regulation curriculum, please feel free to contact Mrs. Perkus at Cutler School at n.perkus@hwschools.net.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The top five tools to help with self-regulation for our children/students:

           
Your child/student is generally not in the Red Zone.  In the red zone the brain and the body is generally not talking to each other.  The child/student is out of control.  They often need to stop, but are unsure how.  Some examples of red zone feelings are mad, yelling, hitting, mean, or terrified. Red zone tools help us stay safe and calm down. Below are some examples of tools that students use in the Red Zone when they are in school.  Some of these tools may be helpful at home.

School Red Zone Tools:
Take a break (rest and return area)
Take 3-5 deep breaths
Count
Draw
Read
Drink water
Use a fidget
Shark Fin
Ask for help (Use your words)

Our next blog will focus on more Zone Tools (strategies) that can be used at home and in school. 

If you have any questions about the Zones Curriculum please contact Mrs. Perkus at Cutler School or at n.perkus@hwschools.net.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tools to help students with self-regulation

Strategies to Help Students

Welcome to the OT Cutler School Parent Blog.  This year’s blog will focus on self-regulation.

Does your child know the four different Zones?

The Cutler School has embraced teaching kindergarten through grade five classrooms The Zones of Regulation Curriculum. This program teaches the students the life skill of identifying and managing their emotions and tools that they can use to help them deal with their feelings in more appropriate ways to match the circumstances.  The feelings are categorized into four zones.  None of the zones are good or bad.  You can be in more than one zone in a day and that is okay.

In the blue zone your body is running slow.  You can be sad, sick, hurt, bored, or shy. 

In the green zone you are ready to participate.  Some feelings in the green zone include happy, focused, okay, thankful, good, or proud. 

You are starting to lose control in the yellow zone, but generally can get it back.  In this zone you may feel distracted, silly, fidgety, frustrated, anxious, or worried. 

When you are in the red zone you are out of control.  Your brain and your body are not talking to each other. It is hard to make decisions.  Usually when you are in the red zone you need to take a break.  In the red zone you can be angry, mean, yelling, shouting, or physical. 

The author Leah Kuypers noted, “The Zone curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in, controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to solve conflicts.”  The Zones program can be utilized at home and in school.

Please check out the Zones of Regulation program to get an overview of the book.

               

Our next blog in November will start to focus on Zone Tools (strategies) that can be used at home and school.