Stuart Shanker

Stuart Shanker is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosphy and Psychology at York University and Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University. He was educated at Oxford, where he won the Marian Buck Fellowship at Christ Church.  Among his awards are an Iszaak Walton Killam Fellowship; and the Walter L Gordon Fellowship at York University. He has received many grants, among them a $7,000,000 grant from the Harris Steel Foundation to establish MEHRI, a state-of-the-art cognitive and social neuroscience centre.

Among his monographs are Early Years Study II (with J. Fraser Mustard and Margaret McCain, 2007).

Dr Shanker has served as the Director of the Council of Human Development for the past ten years; Director of the Canada-Cuba Research Alliance for the past six years; and he was the first President of the Council of Early Child Development in Canada. Over the past decade he has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US and countries around the world, among them Australia, Colombia, England, Ireland, Macedonia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Peru, and Romania.

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“There are five key goals to enhancing self-regulation in children:
1. Learn how to read the signs of when a child is over-stressed.
2. Identify the stressors.
3. Reduce the stressors.
4. Help the child learn to identify what it feels like to be calm and what it feels like to be agitated.
5. Help children learn strategies for returning to being calm when they become agitated.”

Read the commentary: What’s stressing out our kids?




“There is a growing amount of research suggesting that kids have much higher levels of physiological stress than they did a generation ago.”

Read the commentary: Are our children stressed out?

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