Using a 5-point Scale based off of the Incredible 5-Point scale model developed by Kari Dunn Buron, is a wonderful method used to teach social understanding and self-regulation to students. Students are taught to identify each level of the 5-point scale. This tool can be used with individual students or the whole class.
5-point scale has been a long term favorite of mine, and Conscious Discipline is newbie with great strategies for teaching kids self-regulation (among other things!). Given the child I was working with was younger, I choose to move towards a simpler color system, using only three colors instead of five. After consulting with a teacher using Conscious Discipline about a child displaying challenging behaviors, a 3-point self-regulation scale with Conscious Discipline strategies was created.