Having spent many years with a cognitive and behavioural focus, but always finding that there was a key developmental piece missing in this work, I began doctoral studies which led me to a neurological, psychological, and social-based framework that is a foundation to every infant's development, and to every adult's sense of calm happiness. Shanker Self-Reg is a framework that I discovered which focused on a child's need to feel safe and calm, which in turn allowed them to become more socially connected and engaged, and this engagement with the world around them allowed for a natural developmental progression through stages, rather than having to specifically teach each skill. Now, I want to continue research in this area, sharing this research and philosophy with children, parents, educators, and administrators. Self-regulation is one of the six essential learning skills for Ontario students, and comprises a quarter of the new Kindergarten Program. Why? It's crucial to our well being. And, it works.
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