Self-regulation

Self-regulation

In its simplest terms, self-regulation refers to how efficiently and effectively a child deals with a stressor and then recovers.

To deal with a stressor, the brain triggers a sort of gas pedal, the sympathetic nervous system, to produce the energy needed; and then applies a sort of brake, the parasympathetic nervous system, in order to recover. In this way the brain regulates the amount of energy that the child expends on stress so that resources are freed up for other bodily functions, like digestion, cellular repair, maintaining a stable body temperature, or paying attention and learning. Source: Calm, alert and happy, Stuart Shanker, 2013

2. The importance of self-regulation