Clinic intervention to promote literacy – Tips from Other Journals
Illiteracy disproportionately affects children from socially disadvantaged homes. Early exposure to books is particularly important in faciliating literacy. Research has demonstrated that children learn to read more easily if their parents read to them. Needlman and colleagues designed and tested a clinic-based program of patient education to promote reading among children.
Children between the ages of six months and five years presenting for routine care were eligible for the study. At the clinic, which served primarily a low-income population, volunteers read aloud to children in the waiting room, physicians counseled parents about literacy and free books were distributed to parents.
After one year, 79 parents were interviewed to determine whether they had read to their children at home. Compared with parents who did not receive free books, parents who did not receive free books, parents who received free books were four times more likely to report that they looked at books with their children or that looking at books was a favorite activity of their children. This association Aid to Families with Dependent Children.
The study indicates that a simple, inexpensive, clinic-based literacy program can lead to positive changes in the home reading environment. The author suggests that for children of low-income families, the lack of books poses the greatest barrier to literacy promotion efforts. (American Journal of Diseases of Children, August 1991, vol. 145, p. 881.)
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