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The Informed Parent

Read Aloud To Your Baby And Young Child

by Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Feb. 22, 2010

More and more pediatricians are encouraging reading aloud to your young children as a way to improve their language development. Research demonstrates the importance of reading aloud to your infant and young child, beginning at about six months and continuing on into elementary school. Preschool verbal language ability is a strong predictor of later reading success and, ultimately, with academic success throughout life.

There are strong correlations between one’s verbal language at age four, with later improved verbal language and word-reading beginning at age six. Numerous studies promote the value of reading aloud with positively improving a child’s receptive and expressive vocabulary growth.

Anyone can read aloud to an infant or a young child--grandparents, siblings, and caregivers, as well as parents. Reading with your young child fosters an appreciation for books, too. What a great way to spend time with the little one you love and improve your child’s later academic success at the same time! Speak with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions.

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