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What is The Shanker Method®?

The Shanker Self-Reg® framework is made up of 5 steps (aka practices) and 5 domains of stressors:

  • Reframe the behaviour
  • Recognize the stressors (biological, emotion, cognitive, social & prosocial)
  • Reduce the stressors
  • Reflect: enhance stress awareness
  • Restore energy


Stuart Shanker's Five Steps of Self-Reg: Reframe the behaviour, recognize the stressors, reduce the stressors, reflect enhance stress awareness and restore energy
Graphic illustrating the 5 domains of Self-Reg: biological, emotion, social, pro social and cognitive.


Early Years

young child with colourful paint on their hands and face




“Problematic behaviours” result from driving a child past their peak,<br />
almost always because we didn’t recognize the autonomic cues that this was happening." Stuart Shanker


Self-RegThe Basics, photo of smiling children with their arms around each other

Self-Reg: The Basics

Shanker Self-Reg® is a process for enhancing self- regulation by understanding and dealing with stress. In Self-Reg we consider both our responses to stress and our underlying state of energy and tension when we encounter a stress. Self-Reg is based on…

Relationships First

Relationships First: What Does This Really Mean And What Might It Look Like?

There are many words of wisdom from both Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins that I think about when contemplating Self-Reg, but one point that I return to often is that…

Reframing THAT Child

Reframing THAT Child

Here’s a statement that I’ve heard many times before: “I wonder how I’ll feel now that my child is in the same class as THAT child.” Another school year has begun, and as parents and students start to get to know classmates and find out more about them, there always seems…