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SOS: Help for Parents Paperback – January 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Parents Pr; 2nd edition (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935111204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935111200
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Lynn Clark drew on his 20 years of working with Parents and children when he wrote SOS Help For Parents." -- USA Today

"SOS is an extremely comprehensive book...an excellent book. We highly recommend it." -- Journal of Clinical Child Psychology

Parents learn methods for helping children to improve their behavior, and will receive basic techniques for aiding a variety of child personalities, from the stubborn and willful child to time-out basics. Chapters focus on the basic skills of time-out and how parents can use these techniques to further a child's behavior modification. -- Midwest Book Review

SOS is likely to evoke the attitudes, feelings, and impulses most parents experience." -- Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

About the Author

The author of SOS is Lynn Fred Clark, PhD, a clinical psychologist who lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is Professor of Psychology at Western Kentucky University and has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Education for Boston University.

Dr. Clark has extensive professional experience in community mental health centers, hospitals, counseling centers, and community agencies. He is the father of two sons and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.


More About the Author

Lynn Clark, PhD. Author, Clinical Psychologist, and father of two sons

Do you want to see interesting video clips of my SOS books on YouTube? Copy and paste the link www.sosprograms.com/video_audio_clips.html Then click on the YouTube video clips.

SOS Help For Emotions: Managing Anxiety, Anger, and Depression (an adult self-help book in 7 languages) and SOS Help For Parents (in 11 languages) are two books that I have written based on my professional experience and on research studies of others.

I live in Bowling Green, Kentucky and am Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky where I taught in the Department of Psychology for over 30 years. Also, I have taught counseling courses in Germany and Italy as an Adjunct Professor of Education for Boston University. For a year I traveled the country giving seminars for mental health professionals and educators.

I have used most all of the techniques described in SOS Help For Parents with my own two sons as they were growing up. When they were older, I taught them the principles of cognitive behavior therapy (including the ABC's of Emotions), now described in SOS Help For Emotions.

My professional experience includes work in community mental health centers, hospitals, counseling centers, and community agencies. I am licensed as a clinical psychologist in Kentucky. Also, I am listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and am a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and Association for Behavior Analysis.

My Ph.D. is in Counseling Psychology from The University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, a program approved by the American Psychological Association. I received traineeship and internship training in Veterans Hospitals in Topeka, Kansas, Leavenworth, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. SOS Programs & Parents Press is a publishing company which I founded.

SOS Programs & Parents Press publishes SOS books and programs for adults, older teens, parents of young children, mental health professionals, and educators to help improve emotions and behavior. SOS programs for both laypersons and mental health professionals include books, DVDs, CDs, and self-help resources. These programs and resources are derived from evidence-based techniques and principles of behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and additional approaches for improving emotions and behavior.

My professional interests include teaching, offering seminars, helping children and adults, behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, etc. Additional interests include travel, canoeing, snorkeling, hiking, and Corvettes.

The DVD SOS Help For Parents, an educational program that I produced, is used by many educators and mental health professionals and is in four languages. Currently, I am producing "DVD SOS Help For Emotions: Managing Anxiety, Anger, And Depression With Cognitive Behavior Therapy." It is intended for adults, teens, educators, and mental health professionals.

Customer Reviews

The book is easy to understand and well written.
sheila
Just do exactly what SOS says, and the grownups and the kids will be more relaxed and happier.
Judith Z Krantz
I think any parent can use this book effectively and quickly.
Colorado reader & parent

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Colorado reader & parent on April 2, 2004
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I purchased this book because of a friend-of-a-friend's recommendation. I have been pleased from the start. First I'll describe our household, then the book, then our use of Dr. Clark's SOS tools. You can decide if it would work for you.
Our situation: Our 2 year old is a very head-strong and loudly opinionated gal. She's clever and knows what she wants, and gets frustrated when she can't make us understand or obey. So, she screamed and hit when things didn't go her way - of course! (grrr) I was mortified, humbled, and determined to keep my cool and not give in to her demands, no matter where I was. But, resolve wasn't enough, and although I think she would have eventually gotten the message that tantrums don't work, I don't know if I could have kept my hair, friends, and sanity until then! I don't think our tot is unusually easy, hard, or headstrong. She is unusually loud !
The book:
Is simply written and illustrated. You won't find glossy pictures or professionaly produced graphics. Don't worry about it, you don't need them.
There are 3 basic sections of the book, plus additional resources.
Section 1: Fundamentals of Behavior and Improving Behavior
Discusses misbehavior, communication, improving good behavior, introduction of time-out, and different methods of stopping bad behavior. Provides good guidelines for what methods are best for different ages and behaviors. Discusses spanking and why not to use it - if you are looking for a book on how to use corporal punishment, this is not it. I was glad to see that.
Section 2: Basic Skills of the Time Out Method
Complete discussion of how to implement time out, how to deal with common problems that occur in time out (such as the child not staying in time-out place), and what to do after time out.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jodie M. Flashman on February 16, 2005
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I have a 4 (going on 5) year old who is what you might call "strong willed" he has been a constant challenge and I have even entrolled him into counceling. I saw the TV show super nanny and looked at her book and this one was on the shelf next to it. It looked easy to read, and was fun...i had read 2 chapters before I left the store.

Some of these reveiws bash the token system, but I have to tell prior to this book, I used to threated my son and say negative things all the time, and half the time he turned a deaf ear on me. When I read about the tokens, I wasn't sure, but I was desperate. My son and I went to the store and bought the good kind of clay chips they use for gambling and then decorated them with stickers. He gets a token when he goes to bed without an argument and if he does something especially good during the day.

My son had 1 time out in the past 2 weeks. We use his timer to keep him on schedule so he never feels like he is being pulled away from something without notice. Finally, when we do have any signs of agression, we simply mention that tokens are earned for good behaviour and he stops almost immediatly. I never thereaten him with time out, or taking away toys or anything like that...I want to buy a ton of these books and hand the out to everyone i know...THIS IS A GREAT book...it will help you if you follow the concepts and learn that you kid isn't bad, its his behaviour, and that can be changed!!! Good Luck
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rosalie Novara on May 24, 2010
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SOS for Parents is a classic explaining the one/two/three, time-out method of discipline for children. It is an excellent choice for parents not familiar with the method who need a thorough introduction. However, if you are looking for a broad range of approaches to discipline or discussion of medication or discussion of extremely difficult behavior or ages and stages and how to figure whether your child's behavior is within the range of normal for his or her developmental stage, this is not the book. It simply presents the one approach.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 23, 2004
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I'm a child psychologist and now a mom myself. Hands down my favorite book to recommend to parents is "SOS: Help for Parents" by Lynn Clark. It focuses on discipline strategies for kids ages 2 - 12, when to use which kind of strategy, and gives very detailed information about what a time out is and how to do it effectively. He talks clearly about what do to with a 3 year old vs. a 10 year old, and which types of problems to intervene with in the most effective ways (for example, how to deal with hitting vs. not wanting to go to bed). There is also information about how to deal with squabbling siblings. Throughout the book there are cute drawings and lots of examples both from Dr. Clark's practice and his own experience as a parent. One of the things I love about this book it that it focuses on problems that almost every parent will deal with at one point or another - it's not just for "problem" kids, although the techniques are generally applicable. It's also very easy to find at any major bookstore and costs less than $12. I will be using this book with my son as soon as I need to! Every parent I have recommended it to has found it helpful, both clients and friends.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Penny Paskoff on December 1, 1999
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This excellent book was given to me by another parent when my son was three. I was pulling my hair out and yelling and nothing I tried worked. This book helped me understand my child and gave me a method for dealing with undesirable behaviour without yelling or losing my temper or losing control of the situation. Just having a strategy in advance was helpful. And I used it with my second child. This is the best book for parents to have, in my opinion.
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