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.
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- FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behaviors – View
- Miami University’s Evaluation of the Effectiveness of FLIP IT – View
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 Health 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. For more information about the evidence base for FLIP IT, click here.
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