Self-Regulation of Attention and Engagement

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

Course description

Successful self-regulation contributes to better relationships, mental health and learning. As with biological and emotional regulation, children’s attention and focus on learning moves up and down the continuum of arousal in response to their own needs and situations they find themselves in. Stuart Shanker (2012) describes the cognitive factors – sustained attention, attention switching, dealing with frustration and delay, which need to be mastered. These factors are closely related to the development of executive function, which will also be addressed in this module.
Jan Blaxall, MASc (Psych), RECE, AECEO.C
Jan Blaxall, MASc (Psych), RECE, AECEO.C
EYPDC Program Development and Early Years Consultant

Jan has 30 years of teaching Early Childhood Education courses at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario and Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ontario.  While "retired" Jan researches and provides on-line professional learning opportunities for Dominion Learning Institute of Canada and for interactive professional learning and consultation to Early Years professionals. Jan served as a member of Ontario's Expert Panel on an Early Learning Framework, Ministry of Education. She works with the Psychology Foundation of Canada, promoting children's emotional wellness, and is a trainer for their Kids Have Stress Too! programs. Jan has co-authored an ECE textbook, Children at the Centre: Principles of Early Childhood Education in Canada

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