A Concept to Foster Self-Regulation for Students who Struggle with Managing their Emotions and Sensory Needs

Zones of Regulation

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Agency: CESA 8
Agency Contact: Deb Wall
Agency Assistant: Sue Schuettpelz 920-855-2114 Ext. 232
Location: CESA 8
223 West Park Street
Gillett, WI 54124
Facility: Aspen
2/12/2018 08:00 AM - 03:00 PM 7:45 AM Registration. We will start promptly at 8:00

Self-Regulation is a skill everyone needs to manage the daily trials and tribulations.  Sometimes we become incapacitated to cope, and with all the pressures on our youth, all too often we are seeing more self-regulation needs in this general population.  Managing emotions and monitoring behaviors is a particular challenge for some.  Self-regulation skills need to be taught and learned so that our youth have the capacity to manage everyday conflicts, preserve under stress and maintain a mentally healthy state of being. 

The Zones of Regulation (2011) curriculum, comprises of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, M. A. Ed., OTR/L to help students gain skills in the area of self-regulation.  The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they’re in the different Zones (states of alertness/moods) as well as learn how to use strategies to regulate the Zone they are in.  In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will be gaining an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading facial expressions, perspective on how others see and react to their behavior, insight on events that trigger their behavior, calming and alerting strategies, and problem solving skills. 

Zones trainings provide 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 problem solve conflicts.  Practical ideas are provided that can easily be incorporated into the classroom or home.  

Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L earned a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism and a Master’s in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in the school and clinical settings for the past 12 years, specializing in self-regulation and social learning.  She has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD.  She has authored a curriculum and app to teach self-regulation, The Zones of Regulation® ( consults with families and schools, as well as provides trainings on self-regulation, challenging behavior and The Zones of Regulation to groups throughout North America.  

Learning Outcomes

Learner will demonstrate knowledge of self-regulation, including:

  • Identify sensory processing systems, integration and it’s impact on modulation
  • Outline executive functions that frequent impact self-regulation
  • Definition of emotional regulation
  • Learner will develop insight into a systematic way to teach students to self-regulate
  • Cite strategies to identify ones level of alertness and emotions and describe how social and contextual cues are used to decipher expected behavior
  • Demonstrate strategies to use to adjust ones level of alertness/emotions to match the demands of the environment
  • Learner will identify ways to integrate The Zones into practice and generalize skills across settings

COST:   $150.00 per person for SNPD member districts,  $300 for all other districts

DIETARY ACCOMMODATIONS: Due to varied dietary restrictions, CESA 8 cannot guarantee that all special dietary accommodations can be met. CESA 8 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary restrictions with advance notice, but please plan accordingly. CANCELLATION POLICY: Any registration cancellation must be received 7 days prior to the scheduled date to receive a refund or avoid invoicing. CESA 8 will only provide full refund of registration fees depending on individual circumstances. Refunds depend upon the ability of CESA 8 to cancel any financial obligations created by the registration such as meals, materials, etc. Registered participants not in attendance on the day of the session will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 8 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment or inclement weather. Participants will be notified via email through if a cancellation occurs. Please make sure all of your contact information is correct in