Self-regulation is commonly a term used to discuss impulse control; but in fact it covers five domains:
- Biological- Activity and energy levels: from lethargy to hyper activity
- Emotional- Feelings and mood: excitability, frustration tolerance
- Cognitive- Attention and focus, sequencing, memory, distractability, impulse control
- Social- social situations and cues
- Prosocial- empathy,engaging in positive behaviours to promote friendship and appropriate social behaviour
Disruptions in any of the above listed domains results in children needing to either up regulate (increase their energy level) or down regulate (decrease energy levels). Examples of children needing to up regulate are: children who are constantly feeling tired or sad. Examples for children needing to down regulate are: children who are constantly hyper and keyed up.
The 6 Critical Elements to Optimal Self-Regulation
- The ability to know that you are calm and alert
- The ability to recognize what is causing the stress
- The ability to recognize stressors within and outside of the classroom
- The desire to deal with the stressors
- The ability to develop strategies for dealing with those stressors
- The ability to recover efficiently and effectively from dealing with stressors
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