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4 05, 2017

Authentic Moments Podcast: Interview with Dr. Shanker

By | 2017-05-04T11:04:54+00:00 May 4th, 2017|

Dr. Stuart Shanker was interviewed for the Authentic Moments Podcast: Parenting Conversations with Anna Seewald about his book Self-Reg: How to help your child (and you) break the stress cycle and successfully engage with life. Listen to the full podcast episode here.

4 05, 2017

CBC News: Spinner Tools

By | 2017-05-04T10:44:58+00:00 May 4th, 2017|

Are spinner tools a useful concentration tool or a bad distraction? These hot new toys could be good for some, not for others. "Dr. Shanker cautioned that for as many children who find the spinner soothing, an equal number may become agitated or more wound up. "There's no one size [...]

24 04, 2017

Psychology Today: How Smart is My Child?

By | 2017-04-24T13:30:46+00:00 April 24th, 2017|

If Self-Reg teaches us anything, it is that it is next to impossible to ever be certain about a child’s intellectual potential: even when this might seem to be set in stone. Children are forever surprising us, and for that matter, themselves. And the whole point of looking at IQ [...]

10 03, 2017

Psychology Today: Why is My Child So Mentally Lazy?

By | 2017-03-10T12:21:11+00:00 March 10th, 2017|

The distinction between laziness and stress-behaviour is pivotal to Self-Reg, and absolutely critical if we’re going to help these kids – and their parents! – do well at school, and not make the problem worse. Read the full article here.

8 03, 2017

Teach Ontario: Professional Learning Webinar with Dr. Shanker

By | 2017-03-10T12:21:03+00:00 March 8th, 2017|

Dr. Shanker joined the Teach Ontario team to discuss his research on the impact of excessive stress on child development and behaviour, which has received enthusiastic attention in North America and worldwide. Watch the intimate one-on-one interview to learn more about The Shanker Method. Watch the webinar below or by clicking [...]

7 02, 2017

Wall Street Journal: Superhero Costumes Come to Parents’ Rescue

By | 2017-02-13T13:11:08+00:00 February 7th, 2017|

Pretend play can reduce anxiety and stress, helping children regulate their emotions, says Stuart Shanker, author of “Self-Reg,” a book on building executive-function skills. It also activates the brain’s reward system, transforming an onerous task into something pleasurable, says Dr. Shanker, an emeritus professor of philosophy and psychology at York [...]

6 02, 2017

People For Education: Dr. Stuart Shanker’s Keynote on Making Connections

By | 2017-02-13T14:01:01+00:00 February 6th, 2017|

"Is the famous marshmallow test actually just a stress test? According to Dr. Stuart Shanker, it is. And when our brains are hyper-aroused by stress, the slightest thing will trigger a 'fight or flight' response, suppressing our ability to think rationally. The same is true for our kids. In his [...]

30 01, 2017

Ottawa Citizen: Empowering Children to Manage Their Emotional Well-being

By | 2017-01-30T14:43:48+00:00 January 30th, 2017|

"Self-regulation techniques help children recognize their own emotional state throughout the day, and allow children to access tools and strategies to help control impulses, set boundaries, and solve problems while at school. Students and teachers work together to create a designated calm zone in a specific area of their classroom [...]

23 01, 2017

Psychology Today: Help, I Don’t Speak Limbic!

By | 2017-01-30T14:43:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|

Dr. Shanker's latest article for Psychology Today explains how to talk to a teen when he's "gone limbic." "All too often, we misinterpret what a teen is “saying” because of mindblindness: i.e., we fail to recognize which state the child is in. The truth is that, past a certain age [...]