Regulation Tool: Pillows Fight!

With this Zones of Regulation tool the child either uses 2 pillows and hits them together or hits a pillow against a bed, chair, or sofa.

This tool is great for the red zone, which I’ve found is particularly challenging for kids who have witnessed domestic violence. These kids often fear their own anger, but still need an outlet for it. Without that outlet we often get “stuck” in our appointments; the child is too angry to do their work, but too afraid of their anger to do or say anything about it. I’ve found that telling the child he/she can hit a pillow against another pillow , a bed, a chair, or a sofa has been extremely helpful. They usually only get through a couple of hits before their anger is gone and they’re ready to work on their speech and/or language.

Here are some more regulation tool ideas.