Navigating The Zones is a cooperative game that expands on the teachings of The Zones of Regulation curriculum. It encourages students to collaboratively build different “Zones Pathways”—visual, sequential, and concrete road maps that help participants practice the process of social problem-solving that’s required for emotional self-regulation. This three-step process involves thinking about a situation (where are we, who are we with?), exploring a feeling that may be experienced in response to the situation, and considering different tools or strategies that may be used when experiencing this situation and feeling.
Group collaboration is a significant part of the journey in Navigating The Zones. Participants work together, under the guidance of the Adult Facilitator, to support each other and reach a shared goal. They can offer each other help, ask questions, suggests tools and strategies, and more—so that as a team, everyone is successful and the learning is rich! Navigating The Zonespurposefully avoids competitive play. This flexible teaching tool can be used in a therapeutic or nontherapeutic setting, in a classroom or a living room, by parents, educators, aides, counselors, clinical therapists, behaviorists, psychologists, social workers, etc. Materials are adaptable to the learning needs of participants.
Targets for Learning
- Reinforce teaching the Zones of Regulation framework to encourage the development of a self-regulation skill set
- Use a system to categorize feelings and emotions into four colored zones for improved self-awareness
- Recognize and communicate the internal feelings, levels of arousal, and sensory states that one experiences in different zones
- Reflect on how various situations impact feelings and states
- Practice identifying tools and strategies to regulate one’s internal feelings, states, and sensory needs within specific Zones
- Reinforce a more concrete linear sequence (Zones Pathway) in thinking through and problem solving how to self-regulate in specific Zones and in given situation
- Reinforce COLLABORATION: participants work together in a group to enhance and support each other’s learning experiences