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Stuart Shanker

Professor, York University and CEO of The MEHRIT Centre; author of SELF-REG

DR. STUART SHANKER is a distinguished research professor emeritus of psychology and philosophy from York University and the creator of The MEHRIT Centre and the Self Regulation Institute. He is a former president of the Council of Early Child Development. His expertise has been sought internationally as an adviser on early child development and self-regulation to school boards and government organizations. His five-step Self-Reg model -- The Shanker Method®-- is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults.

An internationally acclaimed speaker, educator and author, Dr. Shanker has written many influential books and articles including the top selling educational book, Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (Pearson 2012). His newest book, Self-Reg: How to help your child (and you) break the stress-cycle and successful engage with life. (Penguin 2016) has garnered glowing reviews around the world being published in Canada, the US, the UK, South Korea, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands, with further translations and foreign editions in the works.
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Why Is My Child So Stressed Out Over Exams?

The limbic alarm is a system is deep inside the brain that is constantly on the lookout for safety or threats, and sends us into fight-or-flight when it senses the latter. If we try to reason with a child when their alarm has been triggered -- get them to see that they are distorting the problem -- they won't be able to process what we're trying to explain. In fact, whatever we're saying to reassure them, no matter how reasonable, can actually be another stress.
06/12/2017 11:52 EDT
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Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.
04/10/2014 08:34 EDT
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How Can a Five-Year-Old Be Stressed?

Many perceive childhood as a time of simplicity and play. However, children show stress in complex ways that can represent serious signs of anxiety or a nervous system that is overloaded. Our ability to reach as many kids as possible, teaching them the skills to manage their stress, can make all the difference in their future success.
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