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Using FLIP IT! to Address 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.

Upcoming Live Webinars

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Two-Session Webinar on Advanced FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging BehaviorPreschoolTuesdays, September 18 and 25, 2018 from 1:00-2:30pmRegister for $99

Archived Recorded Webinars

  • FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging BehaviorsView
  • 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.

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.

An Overview of the FLIP IT! Strategy

Gently talk with the child about his feelings. Tell him what you see and hear as a result of his emotions. Help him to identify the root feelings causing the behavior.

Remind the child of the positive limits and expectations you have for his behavior. Loving and simple limits help surround children with a sense of consistency, safety and trust.

Encourage the child to think about solutions to his challenges. Ask questions that promote problem-solving and healthy coping skills. Inquiries invite children to think, learn, and gain self-control.

Provide creative cues, clues, and suggestions for the child who is having difficulty. Enthusiastic, bright ideas can lead the way to better problem-solving skills.

Children who are frequently “FLIPPED” become emotionally aware problem-solvers who develop healthy coping skills that will last a lifetime. Check out 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, parents, foster parents, social workers, mental health professionals, bus drivers…EVERYONE!

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 mnemonic 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

1 (866) 872-4687

444 Devereux Drive

Villanova, PA 19085