Toolkit: Self-Regulation

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Safe and Caring has partnered with Dr. Stuart Shanker and The MEHRIT Centre to develop and share a series of tip sheets, handouts and other resources on self-regulation.

What You Need to Know: Self-Regulation, A Parent’s Guide

This resource provides an overview of how parents can identify stress reactions in their child and use self-regulation practice to better support their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

What You Need to Know: Self-Regulation, The Early Years

This resource provides an overview of how to support the self-regulation of children in their early years, including how caregivers can identify stress reactions in their young child and use self-regulation practice to better support their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

What You Need to Know: Self-Regulation, Science Backgrounder

This resource provides an overview the neuroscience behind self-regulation practice and techniques.

What You Need to Know: Self-Regulation, The Impact of Trauma

Traumatic events can have a lasting impact on children’s lives. Understanding why and how trauma affects the brain can help children overcome these effects and have a full and rewarding life. This tip sheet provides a starting point for teachers, service providers, parents or other caregivers to better understand trauma-related behaviour and being to respond to the self-regulation needs of children recovering from trauma.

Model: 5 Domains of Self-Regulation

These 5 domains, as outlined in Dr. Shanker’s research, represent the interconnected areas with which stress reactions, and calming techniques, interact.

Model: Arousal Regulation Cycle

Arousal regulation relies on constant feedback between the 5 domains of self-reg. This image provides a visual example.

Model: 5 Steps of Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is not a packaged program. Rather, it is a learning process, through which we can learn to better manage our own stress reactions. This model demonstrates the five steps you can learn to do routinely for yourself in the moment to return to a calm state of mind.

Viewpoints: Expanding Our Understanding of the Meaning of Safe

Written by Dr. Stuart Shanker, CEO of The MEHRIT Centre and Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, York University. This article originally appeared in our November News Bulletin.

Viewpoints: Laying the Foundation for Self-Regulation

Written by Dr. Stuart Shanker, CEO of The MEHRIT Centre and Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, York University. This article originally appeared in our March and June News Bulletin.