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Some of my Favourite Tools...

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The Zones is a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete colored zones.  It teaches students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts. 

“Social thinking” or thinking socially refers to a process we all go through in our mind as we try to make sense of our own and others' thoughts, feelings, and intentions in context, whether we are co-existing, actively interacting, or figuring out what is happening from a distance (e.g., media, literature, etc.).

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions (Stinkin' Thinkin') and behaviours, to improve emotional regulation and support the development of strategies for problem solving.