Learning to control their own behaviour, emotions and thoughts in beneficial ways is a key development process for young children. Educators (and parents) can play an important role in helping children to develop better self-regulation skills.
Self-regulation refers to the ways in which children regulate or control their own behaviour, emotions and thoughts in ways that are beneficial to their overall development. Learning to self-regulate is a key task during early childhood. Better self-regulation skills have been associated with a range of more positive outcomes across a lifetime, and are particularly important in the transition to school. Educators and parents (individually and in cooperation) can help children to improve their self-regulation skills.
Dr Kate Williams
Dr Kate Williams is a lecturer and researcher at the Queensland University of Technology. Kate’s research focuses on children’s development of self-regulation and the parenting, educational, and intervention contexts that support this, along with the developmental outcomes associated with children’s self-regulatory functioning.