Self-Regulation

Re-posted blog from 2019. This post has been updated to reflect new resources and information.

Self-regulation comes up often in conversations about parenting and education. But, what exactly does it mean? In the following video, Stuart Shanker explains his approach to self-regulation.

Stressors

What are some of the stressors that children might experience? The following infographic describes some of the emotional stressors.
There are more visuals for the other four domains of stressors:

To learn more about Stuart Shanker’s approach to self-regulation, visit The Mehrit Centre website.

Benefits of Self-Regulation

When we learn self-regulation, we can cope with both the physical and emotional stressors that can occur during stressful situations.

“A study from 2016 showed that adolescents who regularly engage in self-regulatory behavior report greater wellbeing than their peers, including enhanced life satisfaction, perceived social support, and positive affect (i.e., good feelings) (Verzeletti, Zammuner, Galli, Agnoli, & Duregger).” – Courtney Ackerman

Self-regulation can also improve executive function by helping to build attention skills. When we are regulating our emotions we can more effectively remember, plan and focus. Self-regulation can also improve emotional intelligence. We can better understand both our emotions and those of others.

Keep in mind that anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other disorders can affect self-regulation. In this cases, it is best to consult with providers who specialize in these areas.

For even more resources about self-regulation and how to teach it, check out the links below.

Resources

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