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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 behaviors. 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.

2012 NAPPA Award Winner

DCRC is proud to announce that FLIP IT has won a 2012 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Award!

1. Feelings 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.
2. Limits 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.
3. Inquiries 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.
4. Prompts 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.

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
  • Parents
  • Foster Parents
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Bus Drivers

1-hour free introductory webinars on FLIP IT!

Join us for one of the free upcoming webinars on an introduction to FLIP IT, offered to you by the Author, Rachel Sperry!

  • Thursday, September 6, 2012, 1-2pm (East Coast Time) — To register, click here.
  • Friday, October 19, 2012, 1-2pm (East Coast Time) — To register, click here.
  • Friday, November 16, 2012, 1-2pm (East Coast Time) — To register, click here.

"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

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