The Magic of Reading to Kids

The Magic of Reading to Kids

We know that reading aloud to children helps strengthen language and reading skills. We know it can help erase the developmental delays associated with audiological disorders. We know it sets the stage for school readiness and aids in academic success. Did you also know that reading to your child can deepen your bond, create positive associations with books and learning, as well as encourage emotional and social development?

Every time you sit down to read with your child, you’re activating the pleasure receptors in their brains. They associate these positive feelings with you and with the books you read. Researchers believe this is a powerful antidote to the overload of marketing messages children absorb in their daily lives. A reading break is a “commercial” for stories, learning and language. Children learn to love reading as a source of relaxation and entertainment when we take the time to teach it.

Finding and sharing stories that correlate to your child’s natural interests helps them to feel known and understood. Reading articles on sports, science or ballerinas shows that you care about what’s important to them as well as teaching the benefits of reading as a learning method. Discussing social and emotional aspects of stories helps children understand the world around them, builds trust in their caregivers and keeps lines of communication open between children and parents.

Reading to your children regularly, interactively and with enthusiasm reduces negative outcomes associated with sensory impairments, developmental delays, socio-economic status and lack of exposure to the English language at home. Your most powerful parenting tool may very well be your library card. If your child is struggling with language skills, or you suspect possible hearing loss or other developmental impediments, please schedule an appointment in our office today.

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The Magic of Reading to Kids
-Catherine Wells, Team Writer

Carolina Pediatric Therapy © December 2013

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