I love the Zones of Regulation! The curriculum has taught me so much about regulation and the tools have helped so many of my patients engage in speech and language treatment! I have colleagues who hate the Zones of Regulation because it gets confusing for kids whose teachers use the color-coded behavior charts. to be honest, I don’t like the color-coded behavior charts. I’ve seen them used to punish and shame children who are struggling with their regulation (which is not a choice they’re making and out of their control). While I’m not the only one who has qualms with those charts, I respect colleagues who want to avoid confusion with Zones of Regulation, but these tools can be used without the Zones curriculum! Here are my favorites…
Before COVID-19 I kept a sensory tub. I would change the filling every month and my patients would use it to help their regulation as we worked. Now that I’m more concerned about the kids sharing germs I’ve switched to individual containers of sensory supports. I label each child’s sensory support and throw them away every 6 months.
Here are the my favorite sensory supports for kids to choose from…
Aaron’s thinking putty small size – these don’t get sticky like a lot of the slime packs.
Kinetic Sand Multipack – this one is very popular and I love how easy the sand is to clean up!
Here are some more sensory supports sold in individual containers to consider:
- Kinetic Sand Ice Cream Cone Pack – the “apple pie ice cream cone” from the multipack I’ve been getting is by far the most popular one in there. I’m excited to try the ice cream cone multipack next!
- Nikelodeon’s Tie Die Slime Pack – The regular slime pack got really sticky and ruined one of my patients’ shirt so I wont be trying these, myself.
- Orbeez Multipack – The kids love these, but they’re so hard to manage!
- Silly Putty – these weren’t popular with my patients.
- Playfoam – these were the most unpopular with my patients.
- A sensory box subscription like this one from TheraPlay.
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