In 1991, Social StoriesTM were first created by Carol Gray. Social stories are a simple description of how to behave and what to expect in a particular situation or activity. They provide very specific guidance about a situation and directions for how to respond and behave in various social situations. A social story is meant to help explain expected social behaviors in a given situation. Social stories may use words or images or both to help present the expected circumstances in a situation for the individual student.
Do you have students who get upset and struggle to self regulate independently to return to a happy state again? Using a zones of regulation poster can help teach your students to first identify which zone they are in and then to identify which strategies they can use to get back to the green “happy” zone.
The zones of regulation poster is a cognitive behavior approach to teach students to identify which of the 4 color-coded zones they are in. In addition, to identifying the zone they are in they also learn strategies to stay or move out of a particular zone.
Students will learn to use calming techniques, cognitive tools, and sensory strategies to move between zones.