How can I use FLIP IT to address challenging behavior?
Are you interested in supporting the social and emotional development of young children and reducing their instances of challenging behaviors?
FLIP IT® is a strategy that offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four step process to address children’s day to day challenging behavior. The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F – Feelings, L – Limits, I – Inquiries, and P – Prompts. FLIP IT is nothing new, but transforms best practice into a strategy that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations and portable.
Research supports FLIP IT! The Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs at Miami University recently published an evaluation of the OH Department of Mental and Addiction Services’ state-wide pilot of the FLIP IT strategy. The researchers also reported that parents were “overwhelmingly satisfied” and “100% of the comments described positive outcomes.” They recommended that the state continue to sustain and support the use of FLIP-IT concluding that it, “offer(s) parents effective parenting skills that can improve the lives of their children and family members.” Read the Executive Summary or Full Report.
FLIP IT is a proud winner of a 2012 National Parenting Publication Award!
The original FLIP IT training curriculum was developed with the support of a one-year innovative grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services received by the Franziska Racker Centers (FRC). FRC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for people with special needs in Ithaca, NY.
Children who are frequently “FLIPPED” become emotionally aware problem-solvers who develop healthy coping skills that will last a lifetime.
Click on the video below to see FLIP IT in action!
People who use FLIP IT with young children include:
- Early Childhood Professionals
- Teachers of Young School Age Children
- Foster Parents
- Social Workers
- Mental Health Professionals
- Bus Drivers
I just wanted to tell you how much I love FLIP IT. It’s absolutely amazing, and I’m passionate about teaching it to the daycare providers I work with. It’s simple, yet extremely effective. The acronymn helps providers think straight and remember what to do in the midst of frustration. It’s the best method I’ve learned since I started teaching in the 80’s.”
— Amy Anderson, Project REACH, Columbia, MO