Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development

Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development 2020-04-28T13:25:25+00:00

If you are an experienced ECE you have undoubtedly encountered children with all kinds of different temperaments. And, no doubt, you have likely worked with some tots whose temperaments would be described as “difficult.” What do we make of kids like that, or more to the point, how do we work with them? Dr. Stuart Shanker reframes the idea of difficult temperament and much more in TMC’s online course for early childhood educators. This course will show you how to revolutionize your practice by understanding, and responding to, the unique and sometimes hidden stressors that shape the caregiving and learning experiences — and hence, the temperaments of the children you work with. 

Congratulations to the graduates of Self-Reg & Early Childhood Development! See the list of graduates here.


Includes full Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development 3-Course Program

The NEXT Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development course starts:

July 16, 2020


Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development is a three-course, 12-module online program designed for early childhood educators and other individuals interested in early child development. The program looks at key concepts in early child development through the lens of Self-Reg, so as to give learners a new and more complete understanding of the factors that affect early development and children’s mood, behaviour and learning in early childhood settings. The program is delivered on the TMC e-school and takes three months to complete.

This course is accepted as a prerequisite to our Self-Reg Facilitators Program.

Module 1: Moving Beyond Determinist Thinking

The nature/nurture debate is over. It is no longer a question of nature vs. nurture. The real question is understanding the interdependence of nature and nurture: how nurture affects nature and vice-versa.

Module 2: The Interbrain and Self-Reg

Digby Tantam’s concept of the Interbrain describes the process by which a mature, adult brain regulates the immature brain of a young child, including via non-verbal brain to brain communication that takes place beneath the level of conscious thought.

Module 3: The Interbrain in Early Childhood Education

The concept of the Interbrain was originally based on primary relationships in a family context. However, the Interbrain operates in other settings as well. This module covers how the Interbrain works in early learning and care settings.

Module 4: The Triune Brain and Self-Reg

The Triune Brain is a model, developed by neuroscientist Paul Maclean, that describes the function of three brain systems that developed at different stages of evolution: the reptilian brain (governs basic survival mechanisms), the paleo-mammalian brain (the limbic system: home of strong emotions and memories) and the neocortex (governs rational thought and social engagement).

Module 5: Optimal Self-Regulation: Seeking Red Brain/Blue Brain Balance

Although the “blue brain” governs “higher” and “rational” brain functions, while the red brain is involved with “lower” or non-rational functioning, self-regulation cannot be defined in terms of learning to suppress Red Brain so that Blue Brain is always dominant. In fact, Blue Brain and Red Brain play complementary roles in human development, learning, behaviour, mood and social interaction. Thus, it is red brain – blue brain balance that is key to self-regulation.

Module 6: Reframing Temperament

Temperament is widely regarded as one of the most important concepts in understanding individual differences in human development. However, the Self-Reg view is that temperament is less fixed and more malleable than some theorists believe. This module looks at temperament from a Self-Reg view.

Module 7: Reframing Attachment

Attachment is another core concept in early child development, and rightly so since Self-Reg sees relationships as central and also sees the dyad, rather than the individual, as the core unit of human development. This module looks aspects of Self-Reg that are related to attachment.

Module 8: Reframing Personality

A child’s personality is generally thought to be largely influenced by genetics, but we also know that a child’s environmental influences and experiences while growing up play and important role. This module looks at both non-genetic and genetic influences on personality development though a Self-Reg lens.

Module 9: Unpacking Intelligence

We now know that, during the early years, a great deal of important brain development takes place that affects children’s learning potential in school and life. Intelligence is one factor in learning potential that has been studied extensively. This module will give ECEs a new way of looking at intelligence, while addressing a number of key issues and questions.

Module 10: Reframing Intelligence

This module examines the role that stress and self-regulation play in intelligence. It will help early childhood educators understand intelligence in a new way both in terms of how intelligence develops and how self-regulation enables or blocks a children’s ability to use their intelligence and other cognitive abilities.

Module 11: Foundations-Building

Humans are born wired for connection, empathy, compassion and moral thinking and behaviour.

Module 12: The Self-Reg ECE

This module draws from all aspects of the Self-Reg perspective on child development to present a full-circle discussion on how Self-Reg can enhance the practice of early childhood educators.

But, is it for me? If you’re interested in learning how Shanker Self-Reg® can support you and the children in your care, then yes – this course is for you.
  • Three separate four-module courses
  • Each courses takes 4 weeks to complete
  • Study at times of your own choosing: approximately 4 – 6 hours per week
  • Study as part of a support cohort of learners
  • Course facilitation from a TMC Self-Reg Specialist
  • Short videos from Dr. Shanker and Susan Hopkins with “bite-sized” chunks of information
  • Questions designed to support understanding, reflection and application of Self-Reg learning
  • Interactive responding to comments of other learners online
  • Contributions from other Shanker Self-Reg® experts

For full module descriptions, download our course brochure.

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Future 2020 Start Dates for Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development:

July 16, 2020
September 10, 2020

Note: This course is accepted as a prerequisite to our Self-Reg Facilitators Program

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