Zones of Regulation


Date: Friday, August 16, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM (Registration starts at 8:00 AM)


The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration is $25.00 for Muskegon County. $150.00 for all others.


Lunch will be provided.



Registration open through 8/7/2019 11:59 PM



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. It can be used effectively in home, school, and clinical settings, as well as in conjunction with previously taught regulation strategies.



This workshop 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.



Learning Outcomes for Presentation



  • Identify the sensory systems that impact regulation
  • Describe sensory integration and its impact on modulation and regulation
  • Outline executive functions that frequently impact self-regulation
  • Define emotional regulation to include social cognition's role in emotional expression
  • Reflect on the importance of using individual strategies to self-regulate
  • Demonstrate insight into the Zones of Regulation's systematic way to teach students to self-regulate by:
    • Citing strategies to identify level of alertness in self and others
    • Describing how social and contextual cues are used to decipher expected display of emotions
    • Describe strategies to adjust level of alertness/emotional display to match the demands of the environment
  • Identify ways to integrate the Zones into practice and generalize skills across settings

About Us

The MAISD is a strong regional education service agency serving the public schools of Muskegon and parts of Oceana, Ottawa, and Newaygo counties.

Our primary mission is to provide the leadership, programs, and services that enhance the success of everyone we serve and it is our vision to be the premier source for quality educational leadership, programs, and services.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing to no later than seven (7) days prior to the start date of the workshop. Phone cancellations are not accepted. 'No shows' will be charged the full registration amount.

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather, all events at the MAISD North Building will continue as scheduled unless the MAISD itself is closed. An announcement would be made through local media outlets, as well as the MAISD Facebook and the @MAISD Twitter, if the MAISD were to close due to weather.

In the event of a two-hour delay at the MAISD North Building:

  • Events beginning at 10:00 am or later will continue as scheduled.

  • Full-day events (those lasting at least five hours) scheduled to begin before 10:00 am will begin at 10:15 am.

  • Partial-day events beginning before 10:00 am will be canceled.

Exceptions to this policy will be communicated to participants via email at least 12 hours in advance of expected inclement weather.

Continuing Education

5.5 Professional Development Hours

5 SCECHs Available

5.5 SW-CEUs available for additional $25 fee (payable on-site)


As the creator and author of The Zones, Leah desires to provide others with information on a framework used to foster self-regulation and emotional control. Her book, The Zones of Regulation (Think Social Publishing, 2011) has been enthusiastically received by educators, therapists and parents around the world. In addition to developing additional learning tools to supplement The Zones curriculum, she owns a small business, Kuypers Consulting, Inc., based out of Minneapolis, MN. She enjoys providing training and consultations to parents, schools, and professionals by offering workshops on self-regulation and the Zones framework to groups locally, around the United States and internationally. Full Bio


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939 3rd St
Muskegon, MI 49440

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