The Zones of Regulation

A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control


Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L

Registration is limited to 250 participants

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

7:15 PM - 9:45 PM EST

Live Webinar

(There will NOT be a recording available of this webinar)

the zones of regulation a frameowrk to foster self-regulation and emotional control

Target Audience

OTs, SLPs, COTAs, educators, social workers, administrators and psychologists working with children, behavioral therapists, parents

Course Level


Course Description

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


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. 


Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L earned a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Graduate Certificate in Autism and a Master’s in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in the school and clinical settings for the past 12 years, specializing in self-regulation and social learning. She has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. She has authored a curriculum and app to teach self-regulation, The Zones of Regulation®

Leah consults with families and schools, as well as provides trainings on self-regulation, challenging behavior and The Zones of Regulation to groups throughout North America.

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Disclosure: Leah Kuypers receives a speaking fee for her presentation and is the owner of Kuypers Consulting, Inc. and the author of the book and apps for The Zones of Regulation. She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Educational Credits

2.5 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Hands on Approaches, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Approved by AOTA for 0.25 CEUs.


Recognized by NYSED State Board for PT as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education. Approved for 0.25 contact hours.


Learning Objectives will be assessed via a post-test given at the end of the webinar.  A passing grade of 70% is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.


This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional Area).

This course is approved for 2.5 CTLE credits.

Time-Ordered Agenda

7:15 PM - 9:15 PM (2 hours) - Pathways to Regulation Presentation
Brief overview of: 
• The Zones framework 
•The concept of self-regulation 
• Strategies for application of the Zones 
• Recommended resources for additional learning and skills-building, 
including the new interactive learning tool, Navigating the Zones
9:15 PM - 9:45 PM (30 minutes) - Case studies
Case studies and Live Q & A with creator, Leah Kuypers
we would be happy to accommodate your ada needs and special requests - please call at least 2 weeks prior to seminar date

Learning Objectives

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.

Special coupon for the first 30 registrants:

$15 off any future course live or online webinar

(Offer expires on 1/31/2021)

Pricing Information

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Contact Information

Hands on Approaches, Inc.

(212) 884-9101

Refund and Cancellation Policy


All cancellations must be received in writing via fax, email, or mail. A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable), will be provided if cancellation is received up to four weeks prior to the date of the course. Half tuition, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable), will be refunded if cancellation is received up to two weeks prior to the date of the course. No refunds will be made after the two week deadline. Refunds where a coupon was redeemed will result in an adjusted refund amount. Tuition for no-shows or cancellations received after the course has started will be forfeited, no exceptions. Hands On Approaches, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the course for extenuating circumstances. A full refund for the course fee will be provided,less credit card processing fees, where applicable. Hands On Approaches, Inc. is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the participants (ie: non-refundable travel arrangements) if the course is cancelled.

Occasionally, changes are made due to speaker availability, participant demand or unforeseen circumstances. Courses may occasionally be cancelled. You will be notified by email and/or phone at least 24 hours in advance of the class start date. A full refund will be granted,less credit card processing fees, where applicable. While Hands On Approaches, Inc. will do everything possible to ensure participant satisfaction, Hands On Approaches, Inc.'s liability is limited to the tuition fee only.


Full day webinar - a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable) will be granted up to one week before the training date. No refunds will be issued after that time. 

Mini Webinar (less than 4 hours) -  a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable) will be granted up to 72 hours before the training date. No refunds will be issued after that time. 

No refunds for recordings or “on demand” webinars.