Research shows FLIP IT® is an effective parent training tool in Ohio
Results of a recent
study for the state of Ohio revealed that the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC)’s FLIP IT® model is
an effective strategy and produces
positive and long-lasting outcomes for children and caregivers.
implementing a state-wide pilot of FLIP IT, the Ohio Department of Mental and
Addiction Services requested an independent evaluation to determine the tool’s
effectiveness. The evaluation, conducted by The Center for School-Based Mental
Health Programs at Miami University (CHBMSP), validated the program’s success
in the field of early childhood development, stating FLIP IT:
- Decreased children’s
including anxiety, withdrawal and aggressive behavior
- Increased children’s
- Improved parenting behaviors
- Decreased parent beliefs
that their children are hard to manage
As a result of data collected from
321 caregivers, researchers also reported that parents were “overwhelmingly
satisfied” with the tool and “100 percent of the comments described positive
A strategy to address
FLIP IT promotes social and emotional development
through a strategy that is easy to remember, applicable
in a variety of situations and portable. The tool helps adults respond positively
to everyday challenges, and challenging behaviors, in children ages three to
model includes four steps:
F – Feelings: Gently talking to the child about his/her feelings;
identifying root feelings causing the behavior
L – Limits: Reminding the child of the positive limits and
expectations you have for his/her behavior
Encouraging the child to think about solutions to his/her challenges; ask
questions to promote problem-solving and health coping skills
P – Prompts: Providing creative cues, clues and suggestions for the
child who is having difficulty
the goal of the program is to “flip” children’s behavior and help them to
become more emotionally aware problem-solvers and to develop healthier coping
National Trainer and Author Rachel
Wagner – who previously was a social worker and teacher for children with behavioral
differences – said she developed the program after “reading everything, trying everything and
having a hard time sticking with a strategy long enough to see results. By
synthesizing all the books and articles I read – that addressed challenging
behavior in children – I decided to create a step-by-step process I could
remember during a crisis.”
Changing attitudes and
The CHBMSP recommended that Ohio
should continue to sustain and support the use of FLIP IT concluding it, “offers
parents effective parenting skills that can improve the lives of their children
and family members.”
this is great news for the DCRC, as it continues its mission to promote:
and emotional development, foster resilience and build skills for school and
life success in children birth through school age
of the adults who care for these children
are excited about the results of this study,” said DCRC Director Paul LeBuffe. “Accountability is
critical. This research shows FLIP IT is effective in changing attitudes and behaviors both in the
short- and long-term, and demonstrates it is effective, sustainable and
Click here to learn
more about FLIP IT, or click here to learn more about the DCRC. If you have
questions, or if you would like to speak with a DCRC team member about FLIP IT,
contact Susan Damico.
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