We help Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and early years teams learn to reframe the signs of dysregulated stress states while developing the co-regulation skills and strategies that make a difference for all children in their care — especially those with the most challenging behaviours.
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EARLY CHILDHOOD FEATURES
Self-Reg in the Early Years
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 years.
Self-Regulation: The Five Domains
Explore the five Domains of the Shanker Self-Reg® Framework – biological, emotion, cognitive, social & prosocial. Self-regulation refers to the way an individual deals with stress, in all its many forms, and then recovers from the energy expended.
Embracing A New School Reality For The Early Years
A Changing Vision: For years, I believed that self-regulation — like the other Learning Skills — were always secondary to academics. I was so concerned about meeting benchmarks. Then last year, I had a class that challenged my beliefs.
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MOST RECENT EARLY YEARS BLOGS
The Self-Reg Show Episode 10: Where Did My Energy Go?
“You are the energy that you have”. At some point, we’ve all experienced burnout. What if there were ways to regulate our energy to manage, or even avoid it? Could we self-regulate our energy in order to feel younger? Join Stuart and Susan as they dig deeper into the...
Nature Activities for Kids
There is no doubt that time in nature is good for children and adults alike. Most people know this from personal experience. But the benefits of nature are also well established in research. Time in nature is restorative in many ways. It feels good physically...
The Five Practices of Self-Reg
Self-Reg helps us understand how excess stress causes, or worsens, behaviour and mood problems. But what do we do about it? The Five Practices of Self-Reg are a good place to start. Reframe the behaviour - Look at the behaviour differently, in terms of the stress that...
Reframe the Behaviour
This infographic, by educator Kristin Wiens, aptly illustrates the Shanker Self-Reg® practice of Reframing Behaviour: seeing and understanding the reasons for a child’s (or adult’s) behaviour in a different way. Why Reframe? Reframing helps us pause, reflect and ask...
You Are the Strategy
Adults who are responsible for children have many goals. We want to teach, comfort and amuse. We want to help kids have positive experiences, learn to get along with others and become responsible people who make good decisions and solve problems. And we have various...
The Multiplying Effect of Stressors
Shanker Self-Reg® recognizes that excess stress is almost never due to a single stressor. Read more about The Self-Reg Framework here. There is always more than one stressor involved, usually multiple stressors, causing a multiplying effect of stress. What's more,...