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Stuart Shanker
Stuart Shanker
Susan Hopkins
Susan Hopkins
Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
John Hoffman
John Hoffman
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1701, 2019

Transitioning to Kindergarten Without The Stress: A Self-Reg focused approach to welcoming children to school

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

By: Tiffany Goulet The first day of school... For some it’s exciting, for others terrifying. For some it’s long awaited, for others it arrived too soon. For some they feel ready, for others not at [...]

1501, 2019

The Clean Up Conundrum — We Know That Self-Reg Is The Answer, But What Can We Do?

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |23 Comments

Usually when I contribute a post to The MEHRIT Centre blog, I do so as a way to share reflections, celebrate a success, and discuss some possible next steps. My posts are always about what I [...]

801, 2019

Words Matter. But Sometimes the Interbrain Matters More.

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

How many times have you really needed and wanted to support a stressed out person, only to find that your supportive words just didn’t do the trick? (Pick me!) I’m sure we’ve all had this [...]

2112, 2018

The Time Mom “Went Limbic” Over Some Pancakes

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“Can you cut my pancakes for me mom?” “No Siena, you need to cut your own pancakes.” Then came the 9-year-old version of a protest: that slumped over, big sigh drama moment about the unfairness [...]

1112, 2018

Reaching Out: The Most Important Parenting Skill of All?

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

I recognized the tone of voice right away. My friend Mara* was on the line. (*names changed at family’s request) “How are you doing?” I asked. “I’ve been better,” she replied. Mara’s voice caught a [...]

412, 2018

My Sick Day: Making It Through Thanks To Foundations 1

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It's the start of cold and flu season in Ontario. I often joked that I was "immune to getting sick," having spent so many years around kids and germs, but this year, it got me. [...]

2011, 2018

Blue Brain Red Brain Balance is the Key

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Parents are forever asking us: “Can Self-Reg help me with my child’s challenging behaviours? Nothing I say or do seems to help.” Self-Reg will indeed make a difference—a huge one—in dealing with problems like explosive [...]

611, 2018

The Adult Version Of “Can I Play Too?”: My Experience With Social Stressors

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

I am currently enrolled in a Teacher Leadership course through our Board. This is the second face-to-face course that I've taken, and in both cases, I've struggled with the same thing: those initial social interactions. If I [...]

3010, 2018

What’s Different (and So Great) About Self-Reg

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|1 Comment

As a journalist, researcher and father, I have been studying the fascinating, messy world of child development for 30 years. I’ve had many aha moments, and surprising insights over the years, but in the past [...]

2310, 2018

What Does It Really Mean To Restore?

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|3 Comments

By: Nancy Niessen I thought I knew what Step 5 of Shanker Self-Reg was all about. As I delved into Step 5 more deeply in the Level 2 Facilitator Program, my understanding became fuzzy before [...]

1610, 2018

Stressors Experienced by Parents Raising “Differently Wired” Children

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|1 Comment

By: Vicki Parnell Lost papers…missed meetings…kids showing up at school without the right supplies… I have been “that parent,” and I often wonder what our lives looked like to the educators who worked with my [...]

910, 2018

Step Away From the Stickers

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|8 Comments

By: Lisa Cranston, EdD Jenni and her mother pull up in front of the school.  Jenni started kindergarten two weeks ago and every day when her mother drops her off, the separation is marked by [...]

210, 2018

How I Was Able to Help My Daughter Survive Using My Traditions & Self-Reg

By | October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

By: Jessica Chisholm I would like to acknowledge the elders for their teachings as I share and continue to learn on our journey of Self-Reg. As an ECE, I’m able to provide support to children [...]

2509, 2018

Is That Table for THAT? Unexpected Connections in the Prosocial Domain

By | September 25th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|0 Comments

My teaching partner, Paula, and I have been spending a lot of time in the past few weeks observing how our students use the classroom. Sometimes we just stand back and observe the room, and [...]

1809, 2018

The Magic of Not Knowing

By | September 18th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|2 Comments

By: Louise Lamont We live in a world of duality where we use the language of opposites to describe our experiences and phenomena. In its essence and simplicity, the duality paradigm is endless in its [...]

1309, 2018

Concerned About Your Child’s Behaviour? Don’t Do This

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

When people ask me for advice about how to deal with a challenging behavioural issue from a child, I always start with my personal “Rule #1.” Whatever else you do, try not to make it [...]

609, 2018

Stranger Danger

By | September 6th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

In this vlog, Susan applies a Self-Reg lens to the question of whether or not giving children the message that strangers are dangerous really makes them safer. She shares her personal opinion that it might [...]

409, 2018

A Self-Reg Start: What Do You Do?

By | September 4th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|1 Comment

While school didn't start for students until today, educators across Ontario have been back in classrooms since on August 27th to get ready. I was lucky enough to meet up with my teaching partner, Paula, [...]

3008, 2018

Self-Reg Schools: The 6 x 6 Series

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

In this series of short videos Susan Hopkins looks at six role areas in education, and offers six signs that practitioners in each of those roles are practicing Self-Reg. Watch the series below or on [...]

2808, 2018

Developing Stress Awareness: My Mother’s and My Own

By | August 28th, 2018|Categories: Self-Reg Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

By: Nancy Niessen As I was pondering writing a post about Step 4 of Shanker Self-Reg, I began to reflect on stressors in the different domains for both my mother and I on the days [...]