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FLIPP the Switch 2.0 by AAPC Publishing

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Evidence-based strategies that can be used at home, in school, in the community, and at work to improve executive functioning skills.




This book provides educators with detailed information about executive function skills and evidence-based practices that can be used with students with autism spectrum disorder who experience EF 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 (EF) 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 EF 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 EF 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.

Downloadable versions of the data collection sheets available with purchase.


As a therapist and an autistic myself, I witness each day that many obstacles in life decrease as the ability to implement executive function skills increase. Based on research and implementing Evidence-Based-Practices, this book practically guides the reader with specific strategies to support executive function development so meaningful life outcomes can be attained across the age span for autistics.

~ Judy Endow, LCSW, Autism educational consultant, clinical therapist, award winning author and international speaker

As an autistic adult and certified occupational therapy assistant, I found this book to contain some invaluable tools supporting executive functioning skills.  It provides an efficient framework for structuring the partnership between teacher and student to promote success across the lifespan.  I will be implementing many of these strategies, both personally and as a clinician, for years to come!

~ Kelly Londenberg, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

Executive function (EF) skills such as time management, organization, planning, problem solving, and emotional regulation are often not emphasized during the school years in favor of an academic curriculum; yet without solid EF skills, a person will struggle in their workplace, community, home, and relationships. Authors Carol Burmeister, Sheri Wilkins, and Rebecca Silva embrace this topic with enthusiasm and experience, and impart practical strategies and tools that are visual and/or tactile to implement their FLIPP (EF) acronym.

Using evidence-based practices and data collection for assessment and evaluation for educators, the authors empower students to make choices from a variety of options that are right for them and can be implemented in practical and meaningful ways. Supporting greater independence and engagement are the underpinning of these options. The book is peppered with excellent visual examples such as charts, templates, and forms to provide guidance and attain these goals. Educators are given several ideas for teaching and application of each skill in order to tailor a program to their unique student.

FLIPP 2.0 is a book that can grow with students as they gain skills and move to higher and more complex stages of learning. These tools can follow students into adulthood to help them successfully manage their home and work life. Building an EF skills foundation during the school years is an important part of a person’s well-being, therefore working on these skills is good for all students!

~ Maureen Bennie, Director, Autism Awareness Centre Inc. 

Many times books for teachers working with children with disabilities are theoretical and the information is difficult to apply in both the general education and special education classrooms. FLIPP 2.0 provides a connection between best practices and the classroom in every chapter. What is most powerful about FLIPP 2.0 is it provides a voice for the students, providing activities that embed self-advocacy skills, empowering the students to develop strong executive function skills. 

This book is a must have for teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, counselors, and behavior specialists. The lessons can be implemented by both credentialed staff as well as paraprofessionals as a part of the daily school routine as well as provide foundational strategies to support classroom management and academic instruction. FLIPP 2.0 will be built into our professional learning communities as a tool to build our teachers' understanding of executive function, as well as a data tool to measure student performance. The forms provided, as a part of the book, will be the perfect tool to measure student progress and will be incorporated into student portfolios for work experience and community service projects. 

~ Lisa Kistler, Director of Special Education, Beaumont Unified School District

The perfect follow-up to FLIPP the Switch, FLIPP 2.0 provides educators and parents guidance and resources to support the executive functioning needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), both in and out of the classroom. The authors have shared their decades of expertise and real-life experiences in an easily accessible book. Classroom teachers are provided with information about evidence-based practices (EBPs) that can be utilized in the learning environment and specifically designed for students with ASD. The text is wonderfully designed to take the reader on a learning journey around how to leverage EBPs to support students with ASD to reach their full potential. Love, love the visual examples and step-by-step directions. Well done my friends.     

~ Jacque Williams, Assistant Superintendent, West San Gabriel Valley SELPA 

In FLIPP 2.0, Burmeister, Wilkins, and Silva brilliantly combine the science of executive function deficits with evidence-based strategies that can be easily implemented in the classroom or in the home. Drawn from the authors’ lived and professional experience and Illustrated with examples, templates, and scripts, FLIPP 2.0 is an indispensable resource of practical and effective approaches to support the remediation of executive function skill deficits. This book is an absolute must-read for teachers and parents seeking strategies to help the child experience success for a lifetime.

~ Ronald J. Powell, Ph.D., President, RJ Powell Consultants; educator; coauthor of Guided Growth; Educational Interventions for Children and Teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Early Trauma

FLIPP 2.0 is filled with so many great strategies for treatment teams to be proactive in preventing problem behaviors for people on the autism spectrum. Executive functioning deficits are often a barrier in all learning settings, however the strategies in this book reduce these barriers and promote access to instruction. All of the strategies in this book can be targeted across learning environments, school, home, and clinic, and are easily implemented by teachers, parents, behavior analysts and the student themselves. This book is especially unique in providing a guide for young adults to initiate EF strategies that will allow them to set up supports and environments to promote success. This book is a great resource for teaching EF skills in a fun and practical way and valuable for me as a behavior analyst.
~ Ashlee Keuneke, MA, BCBA

FLIPP 2.0 provides a key piece of the puzzle in truly supporting student achievement and success. Educators must focus on the student as a whole and this book provides insight into a crucial component of how students learn. FLIPP 2.0 provides educators with the knowledge and understanding of how executive functioning impacts student learning and how teachers can support this area in daily classroom routines. Furthermore, FLIPP 2.0 illustrates a cohesive approach to teach executive functioning skills by explaining theoretical concepts that serve as a foundation to then create instruction that embeds the use of evidence-based practices in meaningful and engaging activities.

After reading the book, educators will possess practical strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. This book can support students from early elementary to adulthood and give them tools that can be used for the rest of their lives. Overall, it is an engaging read that will serve as a support for educators, students, and families. A must-have for every educator!

~Gaby Toledo, Special Education Coordinator, Beaumont Unified School District


 Carol Burmeister, MA, has over 40 years of experience as a paraprofessional, general education teacher, special education teacher, program specialist, university instructor, and consultant in a wide variety of public education settings.  This has provided her with the opportunity to work with students with unique learning needs including those with cognitive, behavioral, communication, and autism spectrum disorders.  Carol has provided leadership in the coordination and presentation of numerous professional development activities in the area of autism and related disorders as well as having partnered with Dr. Sheri Wilkins, Dr. Rebecca Silva, and the University of California, Riverside to develop and implement a certificate program for teachers in the education of students with autism.  Armed with the knowledge that evidence-based intervention practices for children with ASD are the basis on which effective programs are built, Carol served as a reviewer on both the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practices’ updates on evidence-based practices.  For the past several years, her work has focused on the crucial topic of executive function (EF), helping students and parents, as well as educational professionals, understand the complexity of social, academic, and behavioral challenges that accompany EF deficits and practical tools that support EF across all environments.  She is co-author, with Dr. Sheri Wilkins, of the book, FLIPP the Switch:  Strengthen Executive Function Skills.

Sheri Wilkins, PhD (aka Dr. Sheri) has worked in the field of public education as a paraprofessional, teacher, university professor, and professional developer for over 35 years and has had extensive experience in advising, coaching, training, and facilitating. Sheri has expertise in Direct Instruction, positive behavior supports, curriculum and instruction, school culture, special education, and systems change. She has worked with school systems across the U.S. and in Japan and Australia to bring together stakeholders in conversations designed to increase collaboration, positively impact teaching and learning, and build dynamic educational systems that are student-focused and results-driven. She is the proud mom of four sons and grandmother of five grandchildren. In 2009, following the car accident and traumatic brain injury of one of her children, Dr. Sheri focused her attention on researching specific strategies for developing executive function skills and sharing those strategies with parents and educators. This experience led Dr. Sheri to write, with co-author with Carol Burmeister, FLIPP the Switch: Strengthen Executive Function Skills.

Dr. Rebecca Silva has had over 35 years of experience working with students with special needs in the roles of special education teacher, grant coordinator, university instructor, principal, and administrator. During her tenure as the special education administrator in Riverside California, she developed the Reach Autism Program, providing evidence-based interventions in classroom and in-home settings. In addition, Dr. Silva has developed and implemented specialized professional development programs providing intensive training for educators focused on increasing learning success for students with severe intellectual disabilities. She has also written numerous grants, articles, manuals, and curricula in the area of autism, assessment, and transition including The Transitions Curriculum and the SANDI-FAST Online Assessment System. In addition, Dr. Silva’s commitment to families of children with autism and related disabilities is evident through her work with a number of organizations. Most notable is her 2-year tenure as Co-Chair of the California Senate Select Committee on Autism, Inland Empire. She currently serves as Board Vice-Chair for the Autism Assessment Center of Excellence, Inland Empire, and is Board Treasurer for the Autism Society, Inland Empire.


ISBN:  978-1-942197-59-1