16 June 2015

What is self regulation about and why is it important?

Self regulation is a key factor for mental health, wellbeing and learning.

At the webinar on Tuesday June 16th, Education Consultant Sarah Thomas and KidsMatter Facilitators Sandy Clark and Penny Andersen considered ways we can support and develop self regulation skills in children and ourselves.

Through discussion and case study they identified how:

  • focusing on self regulation can help us recognise, understand and respond to behaviours of young children and support their mental health.  
  • the skill of self regulation is critical to success in almost every aspect of children’s lives.
  • the KidsMatter Early Childhood Framework and resources can assist us.

Recording of the webinar event

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KidsMatter resources that relate to presenters’ topics

Taking care of yourself https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/taking-care-of-yourself

The KidsMatter Early Childhood Framework http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/framework

KidsMatter Early Childhood Professional Learning Component 4 Helping children experiencing mental health difficulties  http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/professional-learning/helping-children-experiencing-mental-health-difficulties

From the eBooks collection

Developing children’s social and emotional skills https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KM%20Linking%20resources%20C2%20Book_web_final.pdf

Helping children who are experiencing mental health difficulties https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KM%20Linking%20resources%20C4%20Book_web_final.pdf

Resources for educators and families

Social and emotional development in the early years http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KMEC20102312-C2RP-Social-and-emotional-development.pdf

Growing together in relationships http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/images/KMEC20102312-C2RP-Growing-together-in-relationships-HR.pdf

Feelings matter http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/images/KMEC20101223-C2RP-Feelings-matter-HR.pdf

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KMC_201205-02_feeling-overwhelmed.pdf

Coping skills for managing emotions http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KMC_201205-03_coping-skills-for-emotions.pdf

Children and emotions: How to help http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KMC_201205-04_emotions-how-to-help.pdf

Helping children manage their emotions: resources for families and staff http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KMC_201205-05_emotions-resources.pdf

Managing life’s ups and downs http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KMECC2-201205-02_ups-and-downs.pdf

Understanding and managing separation distress http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/03_KM-11-200-Understanding-and-managing-separation-distress2.pdf

Keeping a balance: Managing feelings and behaviours https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/sites/default/files/public/KMEC_C4-201205-04_feelings_suggestions-for-families.pdf

Webinars from the Shared Thinking Blog

After the webinar: The Little Helps the Big – The benefits of supporting the little transitions in a young child’s life. https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/blog/after-webinar-little-transitions-can-help-big-transitions

After the webinar Social learning…More than taking turns and making friends https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/blog/after-webinar-social-learning

After the webinar Top Tips for Managing Emotions https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/early-childhood/about-emotions/self-regulation/keeping-balance-suggestions-families-and-staff

ECA Publications

Everyday Learning about feelings

Everyday learning about executive function in the early years

Everyday learning about responding to the emotional needs of children http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/our-publications/everyday-learning-series/

Other Resources that relate to the presenters’ topics

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films), Jan 26, 2015. American kindergarten children talking about how they use mindfulness strategies to deal with anger https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=189&v=RVA2N6tX2cg

Alert Program is used to help educators teach children self regulation awareness. http://www.alertprogram.com and has free resources relating to self regulation.  http://www.alertprogram.com/resources.php

Canadian Self Regulation Initiative ‘Creating self-regulation student profiles’. This document includes questions to help you to reflect on where your children are sitting in the 5 domains of self regulation. These can help you see where a child may need extra help. http://www.self-regulation.ca/download/pdf_documents/Self-Regulation%20Assessment%20Scale.pdf

Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative . ‘Enhancing Self Regulation – Five Key Goals’ http://www.self-regulation.ca/enhancing-self-regulation-5-key-goals/

Dent, M.’ Self regulation is vital to your child’s success’ This article discusses her view on Dr. Stuart Shanker’s research into self regulation http://www.maggiedent.com/content/helping-kids-develop-self-regulation

Florez, I.D., Developing Young Children’s Self-Regulation through Everyday Experiences, National Association for the Education of Young Children Young Children, July 2011 Behaviors that Still Challenge Children and Adults

Forrester, Michelle M. & Albrecht, K. (2014) SET for Life: An Early Childhood Teacher’s Guide to Supporting Strong Emotional Foundations and Successful Relationship. Texas: Innovations in Early Childhood Education Press

Fox, L.  and Lentini, R.H.,  “You Got It!” Teaching Social and Emotional Skills, National Association for the Education of Young Children Young Children on the Web 9 November 2006

Galinsky, E. (2010) Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Skills Every Child Needs. New York: Harper Collins and  Mind in the Making: Research to Action powerpoint http://www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Slides-for-Promoting-Executive-Function-Life-Skills-4.22.2015.pdf  accessed June 2015 which includes references to Jack Shonkoff’s work (Harvard University)

Move with me. This post covers how we can teach our children about their brain and how to ‘work with it’. The Triune Brain Theory is discussed showing us the different parts of the brain and what they mean for our behaviour. http://move-with-me.com/self-regulation/why-self-regulation-skills-improve-kids-attention-and-impulse-control/

‘Marshmallows, Sugar Hoarding and the Brain’. http://recoverymama.com/2015/06/08/marshmallows-sugar-hoarding-and-the-brain/

The Hawn Foundation (2011). The Mind-Up Curriculum: Brain-Focused Strategies for Learning – and Living. Grades Pre-K-2. New York: Scholastic.

Shanker, S. (2013). Calm, alert and learning: Classroom strategies for self-regulation. Pearson: Canada

In the following quick video, hear Dr Stuart Shanker discuss the concept of Self-Regulation and the energy this can consume in different children. It also highlights the difference between self regulation and self control. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJRtbcChy0Y

Dr Shanker outlines the 5 aspects of Self Regulation. This two page document could be used to share with colleagues or families as an introduction to Self Regulation. http://www.self-regulation.ca/download/pdf_documents/magforbooklet.pdf

Siegel, Daniel J. & Bryson, Tina P. (2011). The Whole Brain Child. 12 Revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. New York: Bantam Books

Spencer, J. All behavior is communication! Jenny Spencer’s post is about strategies you could use to build self regulation skills in your children.  This also includes ideas for adults to deal with their responses to behaviours. The link also includes an entertaining video about becoming more aware of your responses to children. http://www.teachpreschool.org/2014/07/self-regulation-the-1-skill-for-success-in-school-and-life/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+TeachPreschool+(Teach+Preschool)

‘The ‘Zones of Regulation’ included in this link can help children and adults visually see the differences between the states of arousal that can be experienced http://www.zonesofregulation.com/

Webster-Stratton, C. How Children Learn to Regulate their Emotions. PDF available from http://incredibleyears.com/parents-teachers/articles-for-parents/    

Webster-Stratton, C. 2012.  Incredible Teachers: Nurturing Children’s Social, Emotional and Academic Competence. Ch. 4:  Promoting Children’s School-Readiness Growth with Academic, Persistence, Social and Emotion Coaching is available for download from: http://incredibleyears.com/books/incredible-teachers-nurturing-childrens-social-emotional-and-academic-competence/