What is Self-Reg? Shanker Self-Reg® is a five step method that leads to restoration.
There are five steps involved in Self-Reg:
- Reframe behaviour. The overall distinction here is between misbehaviour and stress-behaviour. Within this framework, Self-Reg draws a number of fundamental categorial distinctions.
- Recognize the stresses. We begin with our five domain model, bearing four things in mind:
- First, that there are multiple stresses within each domain.
- Second, very rarely is I the case, when dealing with a stress-behaviour, that only one domain is involved.
- Third, the intensity of a child’s stress-response is contingent on the energy/tension state they are in.
- Fourth, no two children are the same in what for them is a stress.
- Reduce some of the child’s stressors and their stress-response. We can do so with our voice, eyes, gestures.
- Reflect. Our goal is not just for the child to experience calm, but for them to be aware of what it feels like to be calm. Calm refers to a quiet mind, relaxed muscles, and emotional balance.
- Restore. Restoration refers to restoring energy reserves and parasympathetic recovery. Physiological, psychological, emotional, and social restoration are all involved.
Beyond The Video
The 5 Steps (aka 5 Practices) of Self-Reg take deeper learning to fully understand. For those looking for a brief intro, we highly recommend our Shanker Method professional learning series that can be taken individually or as a group. For more in depth certificate program training, our Foundations and Early Childhood Development Programs are truly the best place to start.
Still not sure about Self-Reg? Check out blogs from our learners on their Self-Reg learning journey HERE.