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Quote: "The reality is that calm begets calm begets calm" Stuart Shanker


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

Places, spaces and relationships that embrace the new and hopeful science of stress, self-regulation, and co-regulation, using Self-Reg as a foundational framework for all they do, are on the Self-Reg Haven journey.

In Havens we apply Self-Reg in layers, starting with the universal layer—everyone—and including not just children but every staff member and extending to parents and the community. No two Self-Reg Havens are alike and they all are continually evolving, but we can tell you this: you know one the moment you are in it.

Stuart Shanker's Five Steps of Self-Reg: Reframe the behaviour, recognize the stressors, reduce the stressors, reflect enhance stress awareness and restore energy


Early Years

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Shanker Self-Reg Learning Hub, On Demand Self-Reg Learning: On Demand Self-Reg Learning - Shanker Talks Webinars, PLS Series and more
Our Tools: pictured is the RADAR tool cycle for working towards a Self-Reg Haven. Respond, Reflect, Analyze, Design, Activate and repeat
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Quote: "A Self-Reg Haven is a place where everyone feels safe in every way: physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally." Susan Hopkins


See a Child Differently and You’ll See a Different Child

I Know a Haven When I Find One

I’ve been thinking a lot about Self-Reg Havens these days as we get ready for the new school year. One big question that is not so easy to answer is: what makes a home, an early childhood centre, a school, or a community a haven? Stuart Shanker says…

schools as self-reg havens

The Self-Reg View of: Schools as “Self-Reg Havens”

“What,” Susan asked me, “do you mean when you talk about schools becoming ‘Self-Reg Havens’ and why is this so important?” My immediate reaction was: Ask me an easy one why don’t you! But the fact is, our experience…

Self-Reg RADAR_ A Tool to Help With the “How” of Becoming a Self-Reg Haven

Self-Reg RADAR: A Tool to Help With the “How” of Becoming a Haven

A Self-Reg Haven is a school where everyone feels physically and emotionally safe, where students and staff alike feel connected to the school and to each other. But the big question is the “How?”. I get asked questions like…


Havens Quote by Marie Edwards: The more people you can gather around you who are practicing<br />
Self-Reg, the more powerful the paradigm shift will be.


Self-Reg Summer Symposium 2023: In Person Again! Yay!

Self-Reg Summer Symposium 2023: In Person Again! Yay!

I gotta tell ya – I don’t get out that much. I’ve been a work-at-home type for almost 40 years, and my active social circle is relatively small. Add COVID-related social restrictions and caution to that, and you can see how my face-to-face social contact has been...

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What is Self-Reg?

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

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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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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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