Course Description

Prosocial self-regulation means managing your own emotions and behaviour in ways that respond to the needs of and benefit others. Peer group dynamics, such as caring vs. competitive atmospheres,  can reduce or exaggerate prosocial stress. Adult expectations and modelling are key to enhancing or diminishing empathy. 

This is the sixth module in a series of topics about self-regulation and its relationship with development.

EYPDC Program Development and Early Years Consultant

Jan Blaxall, MASc (Psych), RECE, AECEO.C

Jan has 30 years of teaching Early Childhood Education courses at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario and Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ontario. Jan has co-authored an ECE textbook, Children at the Centre: Principles of Early Childhood Education in Canada and is a regular contributor to the Canadian Child Care Federation's Journal, Interaction. She is on the editorial board of IDEAS - Emotional Well-being in Child Care. Jan served as a member of Ontario's Expert Panel on an Early Learning Framework, for Ontario's Ministry of Children and Youth Services. She works with the Psychology Foundation of Canada, promoting children's emotional wellness.

Course curriculum

  • 2

    What is Prosocial Development

  • 3

    Why do some children struggle with empathy and prosocial self-regulation?

    • Children who struggle with Empathy and Prosocial Self-Regulation

    • Supporting Hyper-Aroused Children when highly stressed

    • Observing Children's Prosocial Self-Regulation

    • Observation Guide for Prosocial Development

  • 4

    Supporting the Components of Prosocial Self-Regulation

    • Component One - The Ability to Help Regulate Others

    • Component Two - Empathy

    • Component Three - A Sense of Honesty Within Self and With Others

    • Component Four - Putting others' needs ahead of one's own

    • Component Five - Do the Right Thing

  • 5

    Strategies in School Age Programs and Classrooms

    • Strategies in School Age Programs and Classrooms

    • Dealing with Bullying

  • 6

    The Value of A Comprehensive Approach

    • The Value of a Comprehensive Approach

  • 7

    Resources and References

    • References


5 star rating

Natalie Harris

Thank you for getting this up and running. Really enjoyed all the modules.

Thank you for getting this up and running. Really enjoyed all the modules.

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