Fairview Clinics is dedicated to your child’s overall health and well-being. We participate in Reach Out and Read, a national program that helps prepare children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to ‘prescribe’ books and encourage families to read together.
During well-child checkups, Fairview doctors give children a free book to take home and share. The book is used during the visit to survey developmental milestones and to teach parents about the importance of reading out loud to kids. For example, a doctor may hand an 18-month old child a book upside down. . At that age, the child should notice it is upside down and try to correct it. The provider might ask a 2-year-old if he or she can identify colors or shapes. If the child is a little older, they’re asked to find the first letter of their name on the cover or an inside page.
The impact of Reach Out and Read is impressive! Studies find parents of Reach Out and Read participants are four times more likely to read aloud to their children. Kids served by the program enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. And, these early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success as they enter preschool and beyond.
Up to a year old, you can look for your child to reach for books, look at pictures and turn pages with adult help. To help your child's development, you can:
Around this age, your child may turn books right side up, point at pictures with one finger and hold books with help. You can:
Approaching two years old, your child may carry books around the house, name familiar pictures and fill in words in familiar stories. At this stage, you may:
At two to three years old, your child may learn to handle paper pages, recite whole phrases or stories or protest when you get a word wrong in a familiar story. At this stage, you can:
At this age and older, look for your child to turn pages one at a time, listen to longer stories and move a finger along with the text. You can let the child tell the story, and encourage writing and drawing.