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Every kid carries a different size stress backpack. We don’t realize this. We think stress is a constant, the same for every child. But it is not a constant, it is a variable. A function of the child’s biology, their upbringing and home life, their social experiences, the manner in which they process different kinds of information.

To take one example, a child with hypersensitive hearing has to burn a great deal of energy in a noisy classroom. Another child might find that same noise level invigorating. The former tenses up to guard against the noise, while the latter experiences a release of energizing dopamine. Children can’t tell us how big their stress backpack is, but they show us in their behaviour, attention, and emotions. In Self-Reg we learn how to read these signs and respond to the child’s self-regulation needs.

How Self-Reg Can Reduce the Weight of Stress Backpacks

“Stressors across all five domains add to the student’s heavy stress “backpack” and impinge on the quality of their relationships—with peers, with educators and school staff, with their families, and with themselves.” p. 156-157. AND from the preface xiii Stuart Shanker’s 2012 book Calm Alert and Learning helped educators and educational leaders across Canada and beyond learn to reframe not just their students’ behaviours but also their “I made a difference” moments and those times when their stress backpacks outweighed their internal resources to respond.”

– Susan Hopkins, Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators

How Do You Learn Self-Reg?

Here at The MEHRIT Center, we believe in ‘just in time’ resources and the evolving learning journey we are all on. Whether you are learning the basics or ready to embark on a certificate learning for yourself or your whole team, we have a starting place for all:

"You are the Strategy" Susan Hopkins

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What is Self-Reg?

Self-Reg is a pathway to calm, resilience, motivation, learning, & well-being.

Early Years



The Shanker Method

5 Domain Framework

Free Self-Reg 101 Webinar

Our Mission & Values

About Stuart Shanker

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Explore how learning Shanker Self-Reg can help your approach to behaviour, dysregulation, emotions and any of the challenges that brought you to Self-Reg as a someone who cares.

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Early Childhood Development

Self-Reg Foundations

School Leadership

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Reframing Bullying

Enhancing Resilience

Self-Reg Parenting

Learning for Teams

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Summer Symposium

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Self-Reg can be practical, community based and woven with other initiatives, movements or priorities. How can you bring Self-Reg to your community or context?

What is Applied Self-Reg Knowledge?

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Self-Reg Schools Handbook


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Havens are our dream for all! A Self-Reg Haven is a place where everyone feels safe in every way: physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

I Know a Haven When I Find One

5 Self-Reg Haven Look Fors

Havens 101: Group Learning

RADAR Project Planning Tool

Self-Reg Schools Handbook

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Reframing Stress Behaviour with Gray Brain Science

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