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Zones of Regulation

December 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Zones of Regulation®:

A Concept to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control


By Leah Kuypers, MA Ed., OTR/L


DATE:          Wednesday, December 11, 2019   

TIME:           9:00 (registration 8:30AM)-4:00 PM 

VENUE:        Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Lakewood, NJ 08701 

FEE:               $300.  Early Bird (prior to 11/30/19  $280.)

Groups of 3 (additional $30 discount per registrant). Group of 10 (additional $60 discount per registrant). Please email us at NachasConsulting@gmail.com for directions on how to obtain these group discounts.

Includes refreshments, lunch, handouts,  Continuing Education credits and Certificate.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.

About The Zones of Regulation

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

The Zones of Regulation is a framework and curriculum designed to foster skills in self-regulation, including emotional control, sensory regulation, and executive functions.  It is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach that uses four colors to help students visually and verbally self-identify how they are functioning in the moment given their emotions and state of alertness.  The model incorporates Social Thinking® concepts to help students use perspective taking, to identify how they are thinking and feeling, and understand how their thoughts and behavior impact those around them. Through using the curriculum individuals become more self-aware and learn tools they can use to regulate to a more expected state. The Zones of Regulation curriculum is published by Social Thinking Publishing (www.socialthinking.com). It can be used effectively in home, school, and clinical settings, as well as in conjunction with previously taught regulation strategies.

The Zones of Regulation (2011) curriculum, is comprised of lessons and activities designed by Leah Kuypers, M. A. Ed., OTR/L to help clients gain skills in the area of self-regulation. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the clients 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, clients 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 our clients 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 from the clinical realm to outside the therapeutic setting.

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.


About the Presentation

The Zone of Regulation presentation provides teachers, therapists and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics such as: the brain’s involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and executive functioning.  Audience participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide students in utilizing The Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states to social demands.

Visuals and student work samples are highlighted to illustrate numerous learning activities.  A variety of tools (sensory supports, calming techniques, and thinking strategies) are explored to help students recognize their internal emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns in each zone, when shifting from one zone to another, and then to self-regulate within zones. Participants explore ideas on how to teach, when, why, and how to use tools effectively.  The Zones of Regulation presentation also incorporates core concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® framework to help teach students about perspective taking so they better understand how being in the different zones impacts the thoughts and feelings of other people around them.

Meet the Instructor:

Creator of the Zones: Leah Kuypers

Leah Kuypers earned a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism and a Master of Arts in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.  She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. 

Leah created The Zones of Regulation® (www.zonesofregulation.com), a framework designed to teach self-regulation, and is author of the book and two apps by same name (2011, Social Thinking Publishing; 2013, 2016 Selosoft, Inc). In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals on self-regulation and challenging behavior, as well as conducts workshops on the Zones to groups across the world.  She resides in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, son, daughter and dog.



CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit (5.5) is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions. Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors. Continuing education for Occupational therapists will be provided via AOTA.



9:00  Introduction to Self-Regulation

  • What is self-regulation?
  • Development of self-regulation
  • Components of self-regulation
      • Sensory and think, pair, share on their sensory lifestyle
      • Executive Functioning
      • Emotional Regulation
      • Social Cognition

10:15  Morning Break (15 Minutes)

10:30  How we view Behavior

  • Assessment and Data Collection

The Zones of Regulation Framework

      • Integrating theories and approaches
      • Defining the four Zones
      • Introducing the Zones to students

11:45  Break for Lunch

12:45  Zones Curriculum

  • Identifying the Zones in self and others
  • Identifying triggers
  • Zones and perspective taking
  • Exploration of tools for the Zones
    • Sensory supports
    • Calming techniques
    • Thinking strategies
  • Reflection on personal Toolbox

2:00  Afternoon Break (15 minutes)

2:15  Zones Content Continues

  • When and how to use tools
  • Stop, Opt and Go problem solving

Implementing the Zones

  • Adapting to different population and settings
  • Using with other approaches

3:45 End Notes/Questions

4:00  Finish




Learning Outcomes

Learner will demonstrate knowledge of self-regulation, including:

  1. Describe the role sensory processing/modulation, emotional regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition play in self-regulation.
  2. State three (3) ways in which the Zones framework teaches students to self-regulate.
  3. Identify two (2) ways to integrate the Zones into practice and support generalization of skills across settings.
  4. Explain how to teach students to individualize their own tools for self-regulation.

Target audience:  Mental Health Professionals, Speech & Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Regular & Special Education Teachers, Counselors, Case Mangers, School Administrators, Educational Paraprofessionals, Behavior Therapists, Parents

Level:  Beginner & Intermediate

Application Deadline

 December 9, 2019, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

 Notification of Acceptance

 Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $30) until Decemeber 1st, 2019. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


 Conference site is an accessible, barrier-free location.  Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments if needed.

Grievance Policy

Nachas Consulting seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427. Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the disabled.

Nachas Consulting’s training facilities are not handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact:  nachasconsulting@gmail.com or 917-862-2427


For more information: Visit www.zonesofregulation.com  


December 11, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Eagle Ridge Golf Club
2 Augusta Blvd
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
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