The Fluppy preschool program is designed for kindergarten children and aims to prevent violence and school dropout. It combines universal and targeted interventions that are implemented in schools with students and teachers, and in the home environment with parents.
Based on a study led by Professor Richard E. Tremblay (GRIP—Université de Montréal) that has been running for the past 30 years, the program combines universal interventions, aimed at all children in the classroom (child intervention) and targeted interventions aimed at supporting the most at risk children (teacher intervention and family intervention).
The universal component through the child intervention aims to improve social, problem solving, emotional management and self-control skills. The teacher is responsible for facilitating this component, using puppets: Fluppy and his 11 friends. The stories presented to the children call on their active participation to find solutions to the problems the puppets are experiencing.
The targeted intervention is aimed at students who exhibit a high level of disruptive behaviour. It’s about providing support to the classroom teacher in managing disruptive behaviour (teacher intervention).
The targeted intervention also includes family intervention, wherein parents of children identified with a high level of disruptive behaviour receive a home visit from a health care and social services network professional, which supports both the child and their classroom teacher.
During their visits, the professional speaks with the parents about the difficulties they are having with their child and the means to overcome these difficulties. The goal of this intervention is to improve the connection between the home and school by informing, as much as possible, both the teacher of what is being done at home and the parent of what is being done in school. Together, they can create an intervention plan to improve the child’s integration in the classroom.
The program was created in 1990 and is not only widely used in Quebec but is also well-known in many countries. An assessment process that started in 2003 allows for the continuous improvement of the Fluppy program.
During this training course, participants will learn about the history of the program, and what over 30 years of research in prevention has taught us as well as the best conditions for implementing the program and educational attitudes to improve the development of preschoolers’ social skills.
This 12-hour training course is offered over two non-consecutive days to allow participants to apply the new concepts discussed on day one. You should allow at least four weeks between the two days of training.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand the fundamental theories underlying the objectives and teaching methods of the Fluppy program.
- Recognize and put into practice key elements to best implement the program.
- Understand and be able to implement strategies to prevent and act on the first signs of behavioural difficulties in preschool.
The goal of this training course is to clearly identify the three objectives and application methods targeted by the family intervention as well as the intervention’s underlying conditions of success. We explain the theoretical framework so that participants can understand the relative importance of the chosen strategies. In particular, we revisit the theories of attachment and social learning, which are central to our objectives. We also assist participants in organizing and planning visits that will need to be prepared.
This 12-hour training is offered over two 6-hour days.
At the end of the training course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the intervention’s three central objectives.
- Make connections between the theory and recommended intervention strategies.
- Effectively and faithfully use the guide to facilitate activities with parent-child pairs.
- Facilitator’s guidebook (cannot be reproduced)
- Visual material (reproducible)
- Fluppy felt puppet (no cardboard puppet included in visual material)
- Felt puppets of Fluppy’s 11 friends (or puppet pattern)
- 4 Rules placemats
- Big Challenges for Little Ones poster