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Interested in Shanker Self-Reg® and looking to learn more? Or bring Self-Reg learning to your team? Whether it is courses, events, mentoring, podcasts or books, we provide multiple ways to learn more. Choose the next steps that are right for you.

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

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


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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…


Learn quote: We must work on calmness and alertness because that is a requirement<br />
for engagement and learning. Gerry Costa


Defining Stress

Defining Stress

Self-Reg Definitions Series by Stuart Shanker We Are All Experiencing Stress Ever wonder why parents and guardians seem to have a ton on their plate? Picture this: they're getting everyone ready for the day, sorting out meals, helping with homework, and juggling work...

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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

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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.

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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?

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Self-Reg Schools Handbook


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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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Self-Reg Foundations

Certificate Program Starts May 9

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