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.
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.
- Acting out! : avoid behavior challenges with active learning games and activities
- Calm, Alert and Learning
- How Can We Help Kids With Self-Regulation?
- Mindfulness for Children
- Self-regulation in children and teenagers
- The whole-brain child : 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind
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