PBS and Zones of Regulations

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PBS and Zones of Regulations2023-11-20T03:11:43+00:00

Positive Behaviour Support

At the commencement of 2023 we as a Centre committed to becoming a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) school. The PBS Committee (see Appendix A) in collaboration with the school community have decided to adopt CORE – Care, Organised, Respect and Engaged as our 4 values to guide behaviour. Whilst these values are the same as East Victoria Park Primary School, what they look like, sound like and feel like will be specified to our context in upcoming PBS Committee meetings when our Matrix is completed. The commitment of all members of the school community including students, staff, parents/carers will provide consistency in behaviour expectations and approach in teaching desired behaviours and deterring or replacing unproductive behaviours.

pbs matrix

Zones of Regulations

The Zones of Regulation developed by Leah Kuypers is used across the Centre as the Whole School social emotional framework to support students to learn to co-regulate/self-regulate. Within our context co-regulation is the ability of our students to utilise strategies and tools to adjust their emotions and level of alertness with support from a staff member. Self-regulation is the ability of our students to recognise when they are becoming less regulated and adjust their emotions and level of alertness using strategies or tools independently. Being regulated is about being in the best state of alertness for the specific situation. When students are dysregulated, they may find it hard to focus and attend to tasks as they may be upset, angry, or over excited. Many of our students find it difficult to stay regulated due to many factors including environmental stimuli or sensory processing. The Zones of Regulation is designed to teach our students how to recognise the Zone that they are in as well as learn how to use strategies and to either stay in the Zone or change Zones, at times students may be in between Zones. By explicitly teaching students the Zones of Regulation they will develop their vocabulary of emotional language, gain insight on how others see and react to their behaviour and gain insight into their own behaviour triggers.

The Four Zones

Blue Zone – sad, sick, bored, hurt, shy, tired (not ready to learn)

Yellow Zone – frustrated, worried, silly (not ready to learn)

Red Zone – mad, angry, out of control (not ready to learn)

Green Zone – happy, calm, focused (ready to learn)

Note that the Blue, Yellow and Red Zones are not ‘bad’ Zones and everyone experiences being in those Zones.

Adapted from the Zones of Regulation by Leah, M Kuypers (2011).