Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation Comprehensive Training

A Concept to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control


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

Monday, March 7, 2022

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST (see in my time zone)

Live online course

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

In The Zones of Regulation Comprehensive Training, participants will be taking a deeper dive into the exploration of the competency of regulation and how it fits into a climate and culture of social emotional learning. This expanded version of our Basic Training webinar offers a more in-depth look into the neurological components, development of regulation, and compassionate mindset as the foundation to understanding and teaching The Zones of Regulation framework and curriculum.

Whether you are new to The Zones or are a seasoned practitioner, this training will provide you with a thorough understanding of the lessons and concepts within The Zones curriculum. The extensive exploration of regulation tools and strategies outlined in the training will help you teach with fidelity and efficacy.

In addition to highlighting the latest evolution of The Zones framework, participants can expect further student work samples, examples, and videos to illustrate strategies for adapting and differentiating the concepts to help learners, both neurodiverse and neurotypical, meet their goals across school, home, and community settings.

Participants will walk away with an in-depth understanding of the complexity of regulation and how The Zones simplifies teaching and learning this competency for both teachers/practitioners and learners alike.


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 14 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

5.5 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 0.55 CEUs.

This course is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional Area).


This course is approved for 5.5 CTLE credits.


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Introduction to Self-Regulation (1 hr, 45 min)

  • 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

Morning Break (15 min)

Behavior and the Zones of Regulation Framework (1 hr, 15 min)

  • 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

Break for Lunch (1 hr)

Zones Curriculum (1 hr, 15 min)

  • 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

Afternoon Break (15 min)

Applying the Zones of Regulation (1 hr, 15 min)

  • 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
  • Endnotes and Questions


Participants can expect to:

  • Explore fundamentals and essential components of The Zones framework, including The Zones Pathway to Regulation.

  • Develop a solid understanding of the scope and sequence of The Zones lessons used to inform teaching and student engagement.

  • Explain key lessons and tools/strategies to ensure implementation with fidelity.

  • Engage in hands-on learning with a variety of regulation tools, building a personalized toolbox to directly apply and inform teaching of Zones concepts.

  • Explore the competency of regulation and the neurocognitive components involved to support creating a compassionate, inclusive climate for SEL to flourish.

  • Explore additional examples, student work samples and videos that illustrate strategies for adapting and differentiating The Zones lessons and concepts.

we would be happy to accommodate your ada needs and special requests - please call at least 2 weeks prior to seminar date

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, learners will demonstrate knowledge of self-regulation, including:

  • Describe the role sensory processing/modulation, emotional regulation, executive functioning, and social cognition play in self-regulation.

  • State three (3) ways in which the Zones framework teaches students to self-regulate.

  • Identify two (2) ways to integrate the Zones into practice and support generalization of skills across settings.

  • Explain how to teach students to individualize their own tools for self-regulation.

Pricing Information

Standard Registration


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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.