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What Is Self-Regulation?

The College has an Educational Framework that focuses on five areas of development for our staff and our students. One of these areas focuses on the development of Self-Regulation. Self-Regulation is an important characteristic of effective learners and well as being integral to our social and emotional development. The modelling of Self-Regulation by both parents and staff to young people is important as it is a skill-set that is learned incrementally over time and develops only when the context supports it.

Self-regulation is the ability to understand and manage your behaviour and your reactions to feelings and things happening around you.

It includes being able to:

  • Regulate reactions to emotions like frustration or excitement.
  • Calm down after something exciting or upsetting.
  • Focus on a task.
  • Refocus attention on a new task.
  • Control impulses.
  • Learn behaviour that helps you get along with other people.

Why self-regulation is important

As your child grows, self-regulation will help her:

  • Learn at school – self-regulation gives your child the ability to sit and listen in the classroom.
  • Behave in socially acceptable ways – self-regulation gives your child the ability to control impulses.
  • Make friends – self-regulation gives your child the ability to take turns in games, share toys and express emotions in appropriate ways.
  • Become more independent – self-regulation gives your child the ability to make good decisions about her behaviour and learn how to behave in new situations with less guidance from you.
  • Manage stress – self-regulation helps your child learn that she can cope with strong feelings and gives her the ability to calm herself down after getting angry.
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In future articles we will continue to look at the development of self-regulation, helping your child to learn to self-regulate and how to manage and support students with problems self-regulating.