Get in the Zone!

We all have feelings AND show these in different ways. Sometimes our feelings are easy to identify, sometimes they are “mixed up.” If we understand our feelings and tools, our brains and bodies can work to their best!


The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavior approach used to teach self regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four colored zones. The curriculum teaches us to become more aware of our feelings and bodies, manage and control emotions and impulses, manage our sensory needs, and improve our ability to problem solve.


This summer, Carousel Connections partnered with Meg Boscov of Pup Up Social Learning for weekly lessons and fun. Kipper and Poppins, Meg’s amazing, well-trained dogs, joined us to explore topics that included:

–Zone Overview

–Expected and Unexpected behavior/Comfortable and Uncomfortable Thoughts

–Size of the Problem

–Bucket filling


–How to read body language of our pup friends and humans

–Zone Tools

We listened, shared stories, engaged in role play, and learned green zone tools. At our concluding lesson, we discussed that we all have feelings and these can change quickly or over time. If our Tool Box is full, we stay comfortable and so do the people around us. We also noted how we stay in the green zone when we receive or give compliments, shout outs, and bucket filling comments.  Our friends shared bucket fillers  . . . and left the lesson smiling!


A shout out for Meg, Kipper, and Poppins – thanks for joining us for a summer of fun learning. Check out Meg’s site and feel free to reach out if you are interested in scheduling a pup visit!