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Self-Reg considers stress and self-regulation across five domains of experience: biological, emotion, cognitive, social and prosocial. And, as Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins so often say, it’s important to consider possible stressors in all five domains.

At the same time, when trying to make a classroom self-regulation-friendly, it’s helpful to look at strategies that help us reduce or even prevent stress, and also help students restore in specific domains.

This 5-page tool, offers 85 concrete strategies you can use to reduce stress and enhance self-regulation in your classroom or child-focused environment. There are separate lists of strategies for each of the five domains.

For example:

Biological: Do a noise audit.

Emotion: Allow space for emotions—whatever they are.

Cognitive: Co-create visual schedules with students

Social: Design activities and experiences that promote relationship building.

Prosocial: Care for animals and plants.

Using this tool is a great way to get started on your goal of designing a self-regulation friendly environment for children.

Additional Learning:

The Five Domains of Self-Reg

The Self-Reg Framework

Examples of Stressors in the Five Domains

Self-Reg and Leadership in Schools

Enhancing Resilience in Children & Youth