Reach Out and Read included In AFP’s Top 5 Underused Interventions

In the March edition of American Family Physician, promoting childhood literacy development in providing free, age-appropriate books in the clinical setting made the top five list of do’s. 

Programs encouraging childhood literacy such as Reach Out and Read first gained significant support after several studies suggested that parents who received books were more likely to read to and with their children. Literacy promotion efforts among Hispanic populations similarly demonstrate increased engagement.

Other top five underused interventions included:

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As the article suggests, referral to a program such as Alabama’s Help Me Grow, can assist the parents in understanding the developmental milestones of language development and also help navigate community resources based on the needs of the child. Learn more about Help Me Grow referrals here.