Stuart Shanker
Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at York University in Toronto and CEO of The MEHRIT Centre . He has just published Self-Reg: How To Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life (Penguin 2016), which is currently being translated into eight different languages. A former president of the Council of Early Child Development and the Council of Human Development, he has been an adviser on Self-Reg initiatives for education and government organizations around the world.

Dr. Shanker has become increasingly concerned about the impact of excessive stress on child development and behaviour. Dr. Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model -- The Shanker MethodTM-- is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults. In 2012 Dr. Shanker founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre. Stuart commits considerable time to bringing the research and science of Self-Reg to parents, early childhood educators, teachers, educational leaders, health practitioners and communities through presentations, master classes, online courses, webinars, publications, social media and a blog entitled, “The Self-Reg View”.

Entries by Stuart Shanker

Cutting Stress Can Curb Your Child's Problem Behaviour

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 1:58 PM


Control yourself!


Try harder!

None of us are at our best when we're tired or stressed out, especially kids. In fact, much of what we see as "misbehaviour" in kids is actually "stress behaviour" -- the result of being...

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Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 8:34 AM

Something quite remarkable is happening across Canada today: suddenly everyone is talking about self-regulation. They're not always sure they know what it means, let alone what to do about it. But there is a widespread awareness that self-regulation is one of those scientific breakthroughs that heralds a turning...

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How Can a Five-Year-Old Be Stressed?

(3) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 11:10 PM

Childhood is changing and we'd better start to address it soon.

Ongoing research on kids' psychological development suggests that kids who are excessively withdrawn, or hyper-reactive, or act out too much are often sending a signal that their stress levels are too high. There is also a growing amount of...

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