FLIP IT® can be used in the classroom, on the playground, in the grocery store, in the car, at home, anywhere! See below for a variety of resources to learn about and use FLIP IT!
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- FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behaviors Book
- Reminder Resources
- Literature Review
- Practice Picture Book
- FREE Flyer
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FLIP IT: Transforming Challenging Behavior
DCRC is proud to announce that FLIP IT has won a 2012 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Award! Four supportive steps to help young children learn about their feelings, gain self-control, and reduce challenging behavior. This informative book by Rachel Wagner Sperry, MSW, with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, is designed to support all adults who interact with young children. This guide explains FLIP IT’s four simple steps to transform challenging behavior in young children.
Teachers and parents can help children learn about their feelings and gain self-control by using the mnemonic: Feelings, Limits, Inquiries, Prompts. Learn to FLIP IT with the practice pictures, reflection activities and real life stories inside. For pricing and availability, visit the website of our publisher, the Kaplan Early Learning Company.
For volume pricing (purchase of over 10 copies), please see this page for coupon codes, or call 1-866-872-4687, and press option 1.
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.
FLIP IT reminder resources provide visual cues that help FLIP IT users practice the four steps of FLIP IT. The FLIP IT reminder resources include:
FLIP IT® Poster
The FLIP IT Poster highlights the four steps; F — Feelings, L — Limits, I — Inquiries, P — Prompts.
It includes the definition for each step and sample lead-in phrases to provide a visual reminder of the FLIP IT steps for use in the classroom or home setting. The poster is in full color, 14″×20″ in size.
Cost: $20 for a set of 4 posters.
FLIP IT® Pocket Card
The FLIP IT Pocket Card also highlights the four steps of FLIP IT. The card easily fits in a pocket or badge holder, providing a convenient reminder for teachers and parents in any location! Cards are in full color, in two sizes, either 3.5″ x 2″ or 3″ x 5″.
Cost: $5 for a set of 20 pocket cards – 3.5″ x 2″ (Business card size
$7 for a set of 20 pocket cards – 3″ x 5″ (Badge holder size)
The FLIP IT magnet provides a reminder lead-in phrase for the four FLIP IT steps. The magnet is great for refrigerators and file cabinets, providing a convenient reminder for teachers and parents! Magnets are in full color, 3.5 x 2.
Cost: $20 for a set of 20 magnets
The FLIP IT bracelet provides a wearable reminder of the four FLIP IT steps. The bracelet is great to wear every day, providing a convenient reminder for teachers and parents! Bracelets are teal and say “ FLIP IT – Feelings, Limits, Inquiries, Prompts”
Cost: $20 for a set of 20 bracelets
Practice Picture FLIP® Book
25 challenging behavior photos to help you practice your FLIP IT responses. Sample FLIPS provided! Review and practice with the photos regularly to increase your speed and ensure that FLIP IT becomes second nature. Practice Picture FLIP Book is in full color.
Cost: $7.50 per book.
To download an order form for FLIP IT Resources, click here.
When FLIP IT was being developed, an extensive literature review was conducted to inform the final approach. The literature review will provide confidence in the foundation of FLIP IT and provide answers to questions that users may have about the strategy and how it fits within the larger context of managing children’s challenging behavior. Click here to view the literature review.
The following photos show pictures of children engaging in a variety of challenging behaviors. Use these photos to see and practice how to FLIP the child’s behavior. Remember, there are many possible ways to FLIP each scenario based on your interpretation of the photo. The sample responses are only one of several appropriate ways to respond to the situation. Check back often, as additional practice FLIPs will be added periodically!
Child is throwing and destroying toys…
Feelings– “You are knocking down all the toys. You must be feeling pretty frustrated that the garage door wasn’t working.”
Limits– “We keep our things safe.”
Inquiries– “What can we do to help you with your broken toy?”
Prompts– “You are good with tools! Do you want to use my tool box and try to fix the toys?”
Practice Worksheet for Download: Child Throwing Toys
Child is stuffing a toy in his pocket that does not belong to him…
Feelings– “I see that you just put that car in your pocket. You love that car so much that you want to take it home with you.”
Limits– “You may take it home if you follow the rules and sign it out.”
Inquiries– “What do you need to do if you want to sign out that toy for the night?”
Prompts– “Can you ask me to get the sign out clipboard?”
Practice Worksheet for Download: Child Taking Toy
Child is refusing to listen…
Feelings– “I see you are pretending you can’t hear me. I wonder if you are feeling silly.”
Limits– “We use listening ears.”
Inquiries– “What can we do to help you listen?”
Prompts– “Could I call you on my special phone to tell you my message…ring ring.”
Practice Worksheet for Download: Child Refusing to Listen
For a 1-page flyer that provides more information on FLIP IT in English: Download PDF
For a 1-page flyer that provides more information on FLIP IT in Spanish: Download PDF