1st Edition

The Neuroscience of the Developing Child Self-Regulation for Wellbeing and a Sustainable Future

By Mine Conkbayir Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 83 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 83 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Neuroscience of the Developing Child informs Early Years (EY) students, practitioners and parents about the fundamental importance of self-regulation (SR) as a critical skill for young children to develop if they are to go on to lead happy and fulfilled lives. Packed with accessible information concerning the neuroscience of early brain development alongside real-life case studies, this book clearly demonstrates how to put SR theory into action across educational and home settings.

    Dr Conkbayir draws upon a wide range of resources to show readers how they can nurture SR through their daily interactions with children and the environment and experiences they offer them. Comprehensive and engaging chapters cover topics such as:

    • Examining what exactly SR is (and what it is not)
    • Co-regulation’s critical role in enabling SR to occur
    • Exploring the developing brain
    • The importance of sensory integration as part of SR
    • Using relational approaches to nurture behaviour in the classroom and at home
    • The wider global role of SR in creating a sustainable future.

    With real-life case studies and reflective questions in every chapter, this book is essential reading for students and practitioners within the EY sector, as well as anyone beyond the sector wanting to develop their understanding of SR and how to apply it for themselves and others.



    Foreword by Dr Susan Hopkins

    Interview with Dr Stuart Shanker

    Chapter 1 Self-regulation - What It Is and What It’s Not.

    Chapter 2 Co-regulation – It Takes Two Baby!

    Chapter 3 The Developing Brain: A Whistle-Stop Tour.

    Chapter 4 Sensory Integration – Too Much or Not Enough: How to Get Your Provision Just Right.

    Chapter 5 Time Out for Behaviour Management: Why We Must Move Towards Relational Approaches to Support Behaviour.

    Chapter 6 Concluding Thoughts – Building a Sustainable Future through Self-regulation




    Dr Mine Conkbayir is an award-winning author, trainer and researcher passionate about bridging the knowledge gap between neuroscience and the EY sector. A key contributor to the Birth to Five Matters non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage and designer of the first-ever neuroscience-informed qualifications for the EY sector, her latest award-winning book, Early Childhood and Neuroscience: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice, is now in its second edition.