Stuart Shanker

About Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and the CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. (www.self-reg.ca). Stuart has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US, and in countries around the world. Dr. Shanker also blogs for Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/self-reg
19 06, 2017

The Self-Reg View of: Overcoming Barriers

By | 2017-06-28T11:13:11+00:00 June 19th, 2017|

Back in 2001, David Sobel, an Education Prof at Antioch University in New England, published a fascinating book called Children’s Special Places. He was interested in the question of when and why children build forts. This typically begins around the age of 5 or 6. Building forts is sheer unadulterated [...]

11 10, 2016

Going For Gold

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:28+00:00 October 11th, 2016|

This post was originally published in the September issue of The MEHRIT Centre's newsletter. Like everyone else in Canada, I was mesmerized by Penny Oleksiak’s performance at the 2016 Olympics. Oleksiak had already proven that she was a force to be reckoned with at last year’s World Juniors. She was [...]

20 07, 2016

The Self-Reg View Of: The Joy of Self-Reg

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:32+00:00 July 20th, 2016|

I’ve had several defining moments over the course of my career, but nothing quite as powerful as what has transpired with our Foundations Courses. Our initial planning was conservative. We were anticipating a small number of participants to begin with, and, if things went well, a second offering at the [...]

15 07, 2016

The Self-Reg View Of: Stress Management As a Distributed Social Phenomenon

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:32+00:00 July 15th, 2016|

The degus, which live in central Chile, are an incredibly interesting species. Like prairie voles they are highly social, using digging chains to construct elaborate burrows. They have a broad repertoire of communicative vocalizations and complex foraging behaviours. But what makes them especially interesting from a Self-Reg perspective is that [...]

23 06, 2016

The Self-Reg View of: The Critical Importance of the Fifth Domain

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:34+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|

By Dr. Stuart Shanker The mom on the phone was distraught. Her son had been through a harrowing experience at his previous school, which ended up with him “agreeing” to leave after a couple of incidents of threatening behaviour and a psychological assessment that diagnosed him as being at risk [...]

31 05, 2016

The Self-Reg View of: Schools as “Self-Reg Havens”

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:34+00:00 May 31st, 2016|

“What,” Susan asked me, “do you mean when you talk about schools becoming ‘Self-Reg Havens’ and why is this so important?” My immediate reaction was: Ask me an easy one why don’t you! But the fact is, our experience over the past few years has shown us that this may [...]

22 03, 2016

Meeting the Complex Needs of Syrian Refugee Students

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:36+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|

Shortly after the Liberals won the election, Prime Minister Trudeau gave a speech at Canada House in London in which he argued passionately that: “We have a responsibility — to ourselves and to the world — to show that inclusive diversity is a strength and a force that can vanquish [...]

10 03, 2016

The Self-Reg View of Resilience

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:36+00:00 March 10th, 2016|

Over the past few years, a number of articles have appeared warning about the serious decline in student resilience. Not just what Robin Wilson calls an “epidemic of anguish” [Wilson], but what Peter Gray describes as a remarkably limited ability to deal with even minor stresses [Peter Gray]. We have [...]

29 02, 2016

The Self-Reg View of Obesity

By | 2016-10-31T22:09:36+00:00 February 29th, 2016|

I don’t want to write a blog about statistics. We all know that the obesity problem in children is very serious and that the number of obese youth is positively alarming. I want to talk instead about the suffering that is so often caused by the Self-Control paradigm, and what [...]