February 16, 2017 – “What can I do to help my child’s development?”
As pediatricians, we get asked this question about everyday.
Aside from the obvious – the things I categorize as “the stuff that comes naturally” – like providing appropriate shelter, nutrition and attention for your child – there is one thing that has shown to have a tremendous developmental upside.
It is not ‘the latest thing’ – the answer does not involve anything electronic. It doesn’t need to be plugged in or charged. It requires no data plan.
The thing that can have a most profound affect is reading out loud to your child.
Technological advancement has not been able to duplicate the the incredibly positive impact of reading to your child.
It is never too early or too late to get started as long as you do it today.
Today is World Read Aloud Day – one of those few days without its own Hallmark card – a day that exists to promote awareness that giving our children all the advantages is within our grasp.
So long as that grasp is used to take hold of a book, open it, and read aloud.
For more details about World Read Aloud Day, check out the LitWorld website.