Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development and Family Science

First Advisor

christi Cervantes


This project focuses on increasing self-regulation in first and second-grade students with learning disabilities (LD) and emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD). Classroom behavior problems such as disruptions, not staying on task or following directions, and inappropriate behaviors and language increase the teacher's and students' stress levels. Also, Outbursts and minimal understanding of how to redirect these types of behavior can disrupt the flow of classroom instruction and impede students’ learning (Parsonson, 2012). These issues relate to poor cognitive skills, so healthy self-regulation can not be developed properly. To improve these cognitive skills and support self-regulation of students with special needs, I developed three lessons to help support positive social and emotional development for these children. The first lesson teaches students how to identify their emotions and will learn techniques to regulate those emotions. The second lesson will teach students how to appropriately express their feelings with those around them. Lastly, the third lesson will teach students how to ask for help when overwhelmed and use previously taught techniques to self-regulate their emotions. Over three weeks, these lessons would occur at Monterey Bay Charter School in Pacific Grove, Monterey County.