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“Self-regulation techniques help children recognize their own emotional state throughout the day, and allow children to access tools and strategies to help control impulses, set boundaries, and solve problems while at school.

Students and teachers work together to create a designated calm zone in a specific area of their classroom where children can go whenever they need to regroup, or feel their emotions are not in an optimal state. A great deal of effort goes into making this a welcoming place. A student might sit in a bean bag chair and put on headphones to listen to a pre-recorded message from parents, or stand quietly for a few moments doing controlled breathing until their emotional energy is back on track.”

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