Self-Regulation

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Here's what we know about self-regulation:

  • It is the ability to deal with stressors and recover from them.
    • Challenging behavior can be reframed as: The child is not coping due to stressors, skill deficits or unmet needs.
  • It is closely linked to brain maturation and develops over time with support from nurturing and responsive parents and caregivers.
  • Is the ability to adjust our bodies, emotions, thinking, attention and behaviour so we can be in a calm, focused, alert state for learning and responding to our environment.

Within your professional role and considering the social determinants of health, how do you:

  • Explore with the parent or caregiver how to:
    • provide environments that reduce stressors while supporting the child's effort to learn how to self-regulate.
    • Help children understand, identify and label their feelings and responses to stressors. Support them while they release emotions using "time ins".
    • Model and practice learning social skills and problem solving abilities through the use of songs, stories and unstructured play.
  • Discuss how the parent or caregiver is coping and their support system.
  • Explore opportunities for connecting to informal and formal supports (community, neighbourhood, resources, groups).
  • Support the parent or caregiver to have realistic, age appropriate expectations for their child.
  • Administer an appropriate screening tool to ensure that the child is meeting their expected developmental milestones and refer if applicable.

Where can you find more information:

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