The Zones of Regulation

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Fun app can help kids understand and manage emotions.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify and control emotions that may lead to inappropriate behavior. Zones of Regulation supports and reinforces the skills taught through a curriculum of the same name, geared toward helping kids gain skills in consciously identifying emotions and regulating their actions. It supports social-emotional development by creating scenarios with an avatar kids choose. Kids view life situations and must choose the best option for reacting to the situation. Zones of Regulation can help kids learn to identify and understand their emotions, but you'll need to purchase the related curriculum to get the most out of the app.

Ease of Play

Controls are easy to use and intuitive. Touching on badges brings up choices, and the avatars walk on the road in the direction touched. The questions are set up as no-fail learning, and, as kids answer correctly, the questions become more complex. Naming the avatar allows you to come back in the app at the point you quit.

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To get the most out of the app, you can purchase the associated curriculum for about $40.

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What 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.

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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. 



Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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.

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