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What is Self-Reg? Shanker Self-Reg® is a five step method that leads to restoration.

There are five steps involved in Self-Reg:

  1. Reframe behaviour. The overall distinction here is between misbehaviour and stress-behaviour. Within this framework, Self-Reg draws a number of fundamental categorial distinctions.
  2. 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.
  3. Reduce some of the child’s stressors and their stress-response. We can do so with our voice, eyes, gestures.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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