As a family physician who cares for multiple generations within a single family, you are uniquely positioned to talk with parents and caregivers about the benefits of reading. This can positively affect attitudes and behaviors about reading.
Research shows that reading to young children (ages 6 months to 5 years) not only provides healthy together time for parents, families and children, it also offers many lifelong benefits.
Take this a step further by creating a literacy-friendly practice.
Reach Out and Read, the AAFP’s partner in early childhood literacy efforts, is an evidence-based, nonprofit organization of medical professionals that helps more than 6,400 physicians in all 50 states jumpstart discussions about reading. Reach Out and Read offers resources for both physicians and caregivers, including: