Spotlight: Reading aloud to young children sets foundation for future success

National children’s literacy organization Reach Out and Read says reading aloud to children is doctor-recommended.  Support the opinion on PressReader, if you agree.

Dr. Perri Klass, Reach Out and Read’s National Medical Director, sits down with PressReader Spotlight to explain the importance of reading aloud to kids.

“The business of children is to learn,” says Klass.  “What builds a child’s brain is language and back and forth, and exposure to the social-emotional relationship with parents and the adults that take care of them.”

Klass explains that reading aloud should absolutely be a part of children’s healthcare because it’s a way of giving parents a tool that helps them enjoy time with their young children.  Parents can build daily routines, especially around bedtimes.

Reach Out and Read works through the existing structure of pediatric clinics, which takes care of children everywhere.  As doctors and nurses talk with parents about a child’s health matters, they also offer guidance about reading aloud to infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and provide a book to read.

The organization advises that reading aloud builds a child’s motivation, curiosity and memory.  It also helps them cope during times of stress or anxiety.  It takes children to places and times they have never been – enlarging and enhancing their worlds – and creates positive association with books and reading.

Reach Out and Read imparts that what happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child’s life.

Despite all of the benefits of reading aloud, surveys show that only half of parents read to their young children daily, and less than 10 percent read to their children from infancy.

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