Our Self-Reg Presenters for SRSS 2019
In 2012 Dr. Shanker founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre. Dr. Shanker commits considerable time to bringing the research and science of Self-Reg to parents, early childhood educators, teachers, educational leaders, health practitioners and communities through presentations, master classes, online courses, webinars, publications, social media and a blog entitled, “The Self-Reg View”.
Clinical Professor McMaster University
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences
Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural
Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster
Children’s Hospital with cross appointments in Pediatrics and Family Medicine, and an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Sick Children’s Hospital. She is also a senior scientist at the INCH (INfant Child Health) Lab at McMaster University. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, as well as a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013. She has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for over 30 years. Dr. Clinton was appointed as an education advisor to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Education 2014 – 2018. Dr. Clinton is renowned nationally and internationally as an advocate for children’s issues. Her special interest lies in brain development, and the crucial role relationships and connectedness play therein. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring that children’s and youths’ needs and voices are heard and respected.
What helps Casey stay calm and alert: Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, forest trails, hearty laughs amongst good friends, the beach, a variety of musical instruments and interests, reading, and her amazing family.
As a graduate of the 120hr Foundations program, 500 hr certified yoga teacher and full time educator, Tiffany has drawn on many different aspects to help bring awareness and education to her students, staff, parent community and school board as a whole.
In 3 years she has brought mindfulness and Self-Reg from the ground up in her classroom to practices that are being implemented and supported board wide. She recently completed a $30000 Teacher Learning and Leadership Project to study and share mindfulness and Self-Reg with her school and school board. The work she has done has transformed the workings in the school in everything from the design of spaces, to language being used to the redesigning of the kindergarten transition plan.
Her work has been published in the International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development and she was recently in invited to speak on Stephen Hurley’s podcast – Self-Reg Science that Resonates.
As a mother and teacher, Tiffany firmly believes in helping all children to reach their inner potential. She sees the impacts that excessive stress and dysregulation can have on this growth process and is committed to changing this in whatever capacity possible.
What keeps Tiffany calm and alert is practicing yoga, writing, travelling, spending time with her family and being near the lake.
A deep desire to better understand herself and others, led to degrees in psychology, sociology, and social work. Of all her studies and experience, Self-Reg has created the greatest personal and professional impact. Constance believes that adopting a deeper awareness of Self-Reg, in all aspects of society, is pivotal to creating positive, meaningful, and lasting changes for future generations.
What helps Claudio stay calm and alert: Meditation, organizing and cleaning something, time with family and friends, and yard work, to name a few.
Lisa is a firm believer that empowered parents, holistic care, and empathic relationships are powerful, and often missing pieces of pediatric interventions and care. She knows firsthand the challenges of parenting a child on the autism spectrum.
What helps Lisa stay calm and alert: Her daily gratitude practice, meditation next to her favourite river, singing lessons, audiobooks, podcasts, volunteering, laughing with her kids, cooking Indian food, and tea (lots and lots of tea).
What helps Melissa stay calm and alert: hiking, Pilates, baking for others, singing along with the radio and time with family and friends.
What helps Kim stay calm and alert: Spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, yoga and crossfit.
Brenda also serves as a member of the board of directors of SRI. For Brenda’s complete bio, please visit our board of directors page.