This week it was determined that more than 60,000 doctors will now begin telling parents to read to their children from infancy--if they haven't already been giving that solid advice! The American Academy of Pediatrics created this new policy. This is the same group who advised parents to avoid exposing children younger than two years old to screens.
The first three years of a child's life are vital to communication skill development later in life, as well as vocabulary acquisition. This is not new information. Most people have heard that children who are read to on a regular basis have been exposed to vastly more words than children who are not read to much or at all. What is new is the research which shows that this gap is not just at three, but shows up even at the age of 18 months.
Read early, and read often. It helps children view reading as a special activity while getting to bond with you. If that isn't enough to encourage daily reading sessions, just think of how wonderful their vocabularies will be!
Original article with more information: Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children from Birth
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