IMG_4173  Everyone was in the Green Zone today! I purchased this Deck the Halls Jenga game a few years ago from Barnes and Noble. Since we are talking about the Zones of Regulation and Mindfulness in my social learning group, I thought it would be perfect to use for talking about the Red Zone during the holidays!  The Red Zone is part of The Zones of Regulation® curriculum by Leah Kuypers, MA. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. Learn more at

Each child took turns pulling one red Jenga block and describing a situation that would put them in the Red Zone. Then, they had to pull a green Jenga block and share a cool down tool or strategy they could use to help them get back into the Green Zone. We learned that some tools or strategies that are expected at home would be unexpected in the middle of the classroom. For example, it would be OK  to jump on your trampoline at home when you need to cool down, but it would not be OK to jump in the classroom when everyone is taking a test.

The children worked very hard to use their Whole Body Listening so that the tower would not knock over! In addition, they had to listen to what their friend shared so that they could share something different. Bonus points were awarded if they defeated Un-Wonderer and made a comment or asked a question about what another student shared!. The Un-Wonderer is an Unthinkable character from the Superflex® curriculum by Stephanie Madrigal & Michelle Garcia Winner. For more information, please go to

This was also a great activity to talk about being mindful and respect that we may react differently to the same situation. Plus, we learned that tools affect each person differently.

Some of the Superflex®concepts this Red Zone Jenga game can address includes: IMG_4175

  • Problem Solving (Rock Brain)
  • Flexibility (Rock Brain & Glassman)
  • Size of the Problem (Glassman)
  • Self-Regulation (Glassman)
  • Showing Interest in Others (Un-Wonderer)
  • Whole Body Listening (Energy Hare-y, Brain Eater, Space Invader)

For more information about Whole Body Listening, Zones of Regulation, and Social Thinking:

Group lesson was inspired by Social Thinking®, Superflex®, and The Incredible Flexible You™ curriculums by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and by The Zones of Regulation®, by Leah Kuypers, MA. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at 


About mhkeiger

I am a Social Learning Specialist and owner of Ausomely Social LLC. I have presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference. I received my bachelor's degree in English from Salem College and my master's degree in Cross-Categorical Education from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. I am a long-term member of the Autism Society of North Carolina. I was awarded Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2003. I have over 29 years of extensive training and experience in the area of social skills.

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