Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology from York University and the Founder & Visionary of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. 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
The Steps of Shanker Self-Reg

The Steps of Shanker Self-Reg

The Steps: There are 5 steps in The Shanker Method of Self-Reg: → Reframe the behaviour → Recognize the stressors → Reduce the stress → Reflect: Enhance stress awareness → Restore energyThe Shanker Method As this Self-Reg diagram converys, the 5 steps are not a linear...

Self-Regulation: Science Backgrounder

Self-Regulation: Science Backgrounder

What is self-regulation? Recent research in neuroscience and physiology has profoundly altered our understanding of the mechanisms behind a child’s response to stress, and has also reinforced what physicians have intuitively understood for generations: that children’s...

Self-Regulation: The Early Years

Self-Regulation: The Early Years

Self-regulation in preschoolers The early years are a time of extraordinary growth and development. Children’s capacity for self-regulation—how they manage energy expenditure in response to stressors and then recover from the effort—is wired during these critical...

The Self-Reg View of Constant Craving

The Self-Reg View of Constant Craving

Experiments are all around us, if only we take the time to observe and reflect on them. We just had one with our 16-year-old son that would have been so easy to dismiss as yet another absurd teenager annoyance. But this one clearly demanded a bit of serious thought....

Self-Regulation: The Five Domains

Self-Regulation: The Five Domains

The Shanker Self-Reg® Framework Self-regulation refers to the manner in which an individual deals with stress, in all its many forms, and then recovers from the energy expended. An individual (child or adult) exposed to too much stress in the early years, may develop...

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

Why Does My Child Hate Math?

Neuroscientists have recently made a startling discovery as to why so many students these days are having trouble with math. Brain imaging has shown that starting at a young age, a simple problem in arithmetic can trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. When...

The Self-Reg View: Calm Begets Calm

The Self-Reg View: Calm Begets Calm

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Biblical aphorism that one should “Pour oil on troubled waters” began to be seen in literal terms, as an empirical phenomenon worthy of study. Benjamin Franklin performed an experiment on a pond to prove the wisdom of this practice,...

Perseverance vs. Compulsion

Perseverance vs. Compulsion

This is an excerpt of Dr. Shanker’s monthly article for Psychology Today. Read the full article, When to Push a Child, here. There is a fundamental difference between perseverance and compulsion. Perseverance is Blue Brain. It is fueled by interest and desire....

Psychology Today: When to Push a Child

Psychology Today: When to Push a Child

We all want the best for our kids, and these days there is a growing chorus of voices telling us that this means pushing them to work harder. Just about every aspect of a child or teen’s life these days is a competition. But to excel at school, sports, the arts,...

Psychology Today: Reframing IQ

Psychology Today: Reframing IQ

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...

The Self-Reg View of: Overcoming Barriers

The Self-Reg View of: Overcoming Barriers

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....

Self-Regulation vs. Self-Control

Self-Regulation vs. Self-Control

Purpose: The practice of Self–Reg draws a fundamental distinction between self–regulation and self–control. Self–regulation seeks to identify and reduce the causes of problems in mood, thought, and behaviour. Self–regulation is always searching for hidden stressors....

Self-Reg and the Anxiety Epidemic

Self-Reg and the Anxiety Epidemic

This Self-Reg Information Sheet is based on ideas and content developed by Dr. Stuart Shanker. It is intended to increase educators’ and parents’ understanding of anxiety and how to support children dealing with anxiety on a day-to-day basis. It is not meant to...

The Self-Reg View of ADHD

The Self-Reg View of ADHD

The first question that we need to ask is perhaps the most important: are we, in fact, witnessing an ADHD epidemic? T he data certainly seems to indicate that this is the case. The percentage of 4-17 year-olds in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD has risen from 7.8% in...

Self-Regulation: The Impact of Trauma

Self-Regulation: The Impact of Trauma

Trauma and the brain To this day, many children are still experiencing the effects of the trauma that their grandparents and parents went through in residential schools. Other events in a child’s life can also be traumatic and have a similar long-term impact....

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