The ability of young children to control or regulate their energy states in order to pay attention and learn, is rapidly becoming a skill of the past. Many educators are reporting increasing incidence of child "dysregulation", or uncontrolled behaviors such as impulsivity, aggression, and tantrums, especially around times of transition from one task to the next. Children today don't appear to know how to cope with even minor stresses or slight changes in routine, and have frequent melt-downs or "I can't!" when asked to do a task they have never attempted before. In order to understand more about why dysregulated states seem to be on the rise, it's important to learn more about the development of self-regulation, and how to help a child who didn't get those critical factors they needed for self-regulation in early developmental years.
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