January 2021

What We’re Reading

In a new commentary piece published by JAMA Pediatrics, Perri Klass and Dipesh Navsaria discuss a powerful tool that physicians can and should use to support positive parenting and children’s healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development: encouraging literacy and shared reading. Drawing on the scientific literature and the success of Reach Out and Read, they write:

To promote reading aloud to young children, clinicians should model strategies in the examination room for dialogue building on the words and pictures in a book, encourage regular routines with language and stories, and support the relationships essential for early childhood brain development, from language and early literacy skills to socioemotional development and behavior. Framing reading aloud and book sharing as a way parents show love to their children speaks to the science of reading aloud to children and to the emotional and relational benefits that scaffold parent identity and self-efficacy.

Read their analysis in full here.