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Children's Corner: Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child Break the Stress Cycle

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Children's Corner: Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child Break the Stress Cycle ~ Guest: Dr. Stuart Shanker

In a paradigm-shifting new book, SELF-REG: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life, Dr. Shanker reveals a revolutionary new understanding of stress and how it affects children’s emotions and behavior, as well as practical advice for parents to help their kids engage calmly and successfully in learning and life.

Rooted in decades of clinical practice and research, SELF-REG shows how children’s “bad” behavior is often an expression of their inability in the moment to respond to everything going on in and around them. As Dr. Shanker observes, we are seeing a generation of children and teens with excessively high levels of stress and, as a result, an explosion of emotional, social, learning and behavior problems. In addition to the stressors we’re well aware of (overscheduling, testing, social pressures), there are many “hidden” stressors—environmental, emotional, physiological—that we may be overlooking.

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a distinguished research professor of psychology and philosophy at York University and the creator of The MEHRIT Centre. He is a former president of the Council of Early Child Development. Dr. Shanker attended the University of Toronto, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. At the University of Oxford, he obtained his D. Phil. with distinction.

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