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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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Reframe the Behaviour, reframe won't (judgmental) to can't yet (curious)
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"When you change how you perceive a child they respond<br />
intuitively to the change that they sense in you." Stuart Shanker


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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.

Five Domains of Self-Reg

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.

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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.


ECD quote from Susan Hopkins: You can't learn Self-Reg without a profound sense of hope.


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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.

Level 1 Certificate Programs

*NEW* Education Assistants

Early Childhood Development

Self-Reg Foundations

School Leadership

ASK Courses

*NEW* Gray Brain Science

Reframing Bullying

Enhancing Resilience

Self-Reg Parenting

Learning for Teams

On-Demand Webinars

Upcoming Events

Summer Symposium

Book a Presenter

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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?

Blogs & Vlogs


Webinars & Upcoming Events

School Leadership Certificate

Learning Facilitator's Certificate

Living, Learning & Linking Certificate

Self-Reg Schools Handbook


Mentoring & Consulting

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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

Certificate Program Starts August 1st

Facilitated Certificates

Self-Directed Courses

On-Demand Webinars

Events - Live & Online

Tools & Strategies

Speakers & Presentations

Books & Publications

Blogs & Vlogs


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Translated Resources

Media Releases

Meet Our Team


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