FLIPP the Switch 2.0: Mastering Executive Function Skills From School to Adult Life for Students with Autism

Carol Burmeister, MA Sheri Wilkins, PhD Dr. Rebecca Silva

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  • Ages: 5-22
  • Pages: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781942197638
  • Published: 2021


This book provides educators with detailed information about executive function skills and evidence-based practices that can be used with students with autism who experience executive function deficits to be more successful in school, at home, in the community, and in the future.

Educators often struggle with how to effectively teach students who grasp concepts but are unable to succeed in school or other learning environments. Although these students frequently experience executive function deficits including flexibility, managing emotions, controlling impulses, planning, and problem-solving, educators are given no training in how to remedy these deficits. Educators need evidence-based strategies to create supportive learning environments that build executive function skills students can incorporate into everyday life.

FLIPP 2.0 provides a blueprint for identifying the executive function skills that students need for future success, along with specific strategies that will support kindergarten through high school students in building strong, long-term gains in executive function skills. FLIPP 2.0 expands upon the information provided in the first book, FLIPP THE SWITCH, by providing more complex strategies that can be implemented in the classroom, with detailed instructions for both educators and students on how to incorporate them into the school day. Many students struggle in school and in post-school life, not because they lack academic skills, but because they lack the executive function skills necessary to access instruction and support performance. FLIPP 2.0 illustrates how students of all ages can learn to generalize these skills into new environments.

With FLIPP 2.0, readers will gain a deeper understanding of executive function skills and deficits. They will learn how evidence-based practices can be used to increase the executive function skills of students of all ages and skill levels. Most importantly, they will learn a specific set of steps for gradually releasing control to students, so that students are eventually able to take responsibility for their own learning and success.

Michelle Garcia Winner, Founder of Social Thinking, says

"Don't we all want to have clear-cut strategies to teach our students who have challenges with flexibility, emotional regulation, planning, and problem solving? This book does a great job providing the "how and why" for the use of specific visually based, kid-friendly strategies to help to promote the development of competencies that contribute to healthier executive functioning."

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