Tools to Try Cards for Tweens & Teens: Regulation strategies to focus, calm, think, move, breathe and connect

· Think Social Publishing
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About this ebook

Tools to Try Cards for Tweens & Teens is a full-color, richly illustrated digital deck designed to help kids explore a variety of regulation tools and strategies to focus, calm, think, move, breathe, and connect. To be used in tandem with The Zones of Regulation – the curriculum book - the Tools to Try Cards for Tweens & Teens deck provides

·        New tools to add to your Zones of Regulation toolbox as explored in Chapter 4 of the published curriculum

·        Sensory, action-oriented, cognitive, movement-based, and interpersonal/relational strategies and activities

·        A visual teaching aid for use at school, at home, or in therapeutic and community settings

·        Opportunities for self-reflection to build awareness of each tool’s impact


Each Tool to Try card has two parts, a graphic of the tool and an accompanying description. The card includes a reflection on the bottom of the description to allow tweens and teens to consider how the tool can be used to help them regulate their Zones.

How does this Tweens & Teens deck compare to the separate Tools to Try for Kids deck?

·        28 new tools are unique to just the tweens/teens deck (22 strategies appear in both decks).

·        The tweens/teens deck offers an additional feature addressing the “why” for using each tool.

·        Contains teen-appropriate, teen-friendly images, with an inclusive cast of characters.


This tool deck is a supplement to, not a replacement for, the in-depth curriculum and lessons in The Zones of Regulation book. For best teaching practice the strategy deck should be used in tandem with Chapter 4 lessons in The Zones of Regulation curriculum book. The cards are also useful tools when paired with other Zones-related products, such as Navigating The Zones board game and the Advanced Pack.  

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3 reviews
Georgia Tsagka
October 13, 2023
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About the author

Leah Kuypers, MA Ed., OTR/L, is the creator of The Zones of Regulation™, a framework designed to foster self-regulation. She is the author of the book and apps by the same name, as well as co-creator of Navigating The Zones and the Advanced Pack. Leah provides trainings and consultation to districts, professionals, and caregivers on regulation and challenging behavior and conducts workshops on The Zones of Regulation framework to groups around the world. Explore her webinars and trainings on her website, 

Elizabeth Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP, specializes in social and emotional learning, is the co-owner of Communication Works, a private practice in California, and is the founder of Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick! ( where she blogs and shares resources from her books and online parenting course. Elizabeth is the author of Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick!, 2nd edition (2020) and is the co-author of the Whole Body Listening Larry books with Kristen Wilson. She presents around the country and beyond on her work and also is a trainer in The Zones of Regulation collaborative.

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