Zones of Regulation
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zones of Regulation is based on the book and curriculum Zones of Regulation by Leah Kuypers and is designed to support kids and adults who struggle with social and emotional control. It presents situations and circumstances and helps kids understand and define their feelings and consider their behavior options and strategies for maintaining appropriate behavior. As the questions progress, it can support the development of strategies for self-regulation in the game and hopefully be generalized for real life. Kids need to be competent readers to play the app independently, and it's recommended the app be used in conjunction with the book and curriculum of the same name.
What kids can learn
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- personal growth
- identifying emotions
Engagement, Approach, Support
The avatars are cool and the graphics almost look 3-D. Kids will be engaged and enjoy the scenes, but it is the same scene with little variety.
Questions get more complex as kids answer correctly. The emotions and scenarios the app address are great, but kids may need guidance to transfer what they're learning to their real lives.
Kids need to have used the Zone Curriculum or read the book to really understand the app. Feedback is immediate, but kids don't get an explanation of why their answer was correct or incorrect.
What's it about?
Kids select and name an avatar. After identifying hot spots on the path, kids will learn the four zones of emotions. As they play and answer questions correctly, they earn tokens that they can then turn in for items and honors. The questions begin as simply learning and progress to deeper levels of understanding emotions and how behavior impacts others.
Is it any good?
ZONES OF REGULATION helps kids identify and understand emotions and specific scenarios that cause those emotions. Kids who struggle in social situations can benefit. The app has great graphics with well-done 3-D effects. To get the most out of the app, families will need to use it with the associated curriculum or book, although kids will need to have strong reading and comprehension skills to use it independently. Otherwise, it's best used cooperatively with an adult.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Review the Zones of Regulation book and curriculum with your child.
Play the game as a cooperative project, at least at first.
Help generalize learned skills for real-life scenarios by discussing real-life situations using the same vocabulary.