Occupational Therapy -> Executive Function -> Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation refers to the ability to control one’s own emotions in response to events, stimulation, and interactions experienced. In order to regulate emotions, an individual needs to understand his or her emotions and utilize strategies to cope with various emotions so that daily occupations may not be impacted.


  • Zones of Regulation Activities preview

    Zones of Regulation Activities

    Glenna Nave

    List of activities to be used with each color zone to get back to the green zone.

    Includes activity list
  • Let's Talk About Feelings preview

    Let's Talk About Feelings

    Kimberly Luster, COTA

    Kindness. Senses. Emotions. Say something nice. This has 4 pages about feelings (‘You Are’, ‘I am Feeling’, ‘Match the Feeling’, ‘When I Feel This… I Can…’), 1 page with images of movement activiti...

  • Bedtime Checklist preview

    Bedtime Checklist

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Routine. Chore. Activities of Daily living. Occupational Therapy Resource. One bedtime checklist and two worksheets to initiate discussion about sleeping routine, relaxation, and if they have some ...

    Includes activity list
  • Teen Physical and Mental Hygiene image 1

    Teen Physical and Mental Hygiene

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Visual/Photo Resource. Hygiene. Teen Girls. Visual Support.

  • Emergency - Who Do I Call? What Do I Say? preview

    Emergency - Who Do I Call? What Do I Say?

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Visuals and Worksheets for Emergency situations: Who do I call? What do I say? The client fills in the details. An important lesson that clients need to repeat every 2-3 months.

    Includes activity list
  • Dawn Zeis Moore's Homemade Game preview

    Dawn Zeis Moore's Homemade Game

    Dawn Zeis Moore, CCC-SLP

    From Dawn via the Speech-Language Pathologist Lounge (SLPs and SLPAs) group on Facebook,"My clinical supervisor during grad school showed me this game when I was doing my clinical practicum. It's e...

    Includes activity list

Goal Bank

  • Given visual and verbal cues, Aleisha will terminate one activity and transition to a second activity without negative behaviors to increase behavioral independence in and out of the therapy setting on 4 out of 4 attempts with 90% accuracy as measured by observation and data collection.
  • When upset or overwhelmed, Jane will choose and utilize a calming strategy provided 3-5 visual choices to reach a regulated state with moderate assist from an adult with 90% accuracy across 3 sessions to promote increased successful participation in age-appropriate daily tasks.

Reference links

  • Effects of Exercise and Physical Activity On Anxiety Author: Elizabeth Anderson1 and Geetha Shivakumar1,2, - Exercise and cognitively based distraction techniques were shown to have equal effectiveness at reducing state anxiety, however, exercise was more effective in reducing trait anxiety (Petruzzello et al., 1991).