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Posted April 10, 2009
Congressman Young Donates Books to ACH

Dr. Michael Eisenfeld (General Pediatrics Clinical Practice Director) accepted a donation of books for patients at a special presentation on Wednesday, April 8. The donation was courtesy of Congressman C. W. Young to the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program. As part of the ROR program children receive a book on their well-patient visit when coming to the clinic. Shirley Miaoulis presented the new books on behalf of Congressman Young.

The ROR helps to make early literacy a standard part of pediatric primary care. Following the ROR model, pediatricians, family physicians and nurses advise parents that reading aloud is the most important thing they can do to help their children love books and to start school ready to learn.

Pediatricians and other clinicians are trained in the three part ROR model in an effort to promote pediatric literacy:

1. At every well-child check-up, doctors and nurses encourage parents to read aloud to their young children, and offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement. Parents who may have difficulty reading are encouraged to invent their own stories to go with picture books and spend time naming objects with their children.

2. Pediatricians, family physicians and nurses give every child between the ages of six months and five years a new, developmentally appropriate children's book to keep.

3. In literacy rich waiting room environments, often with volunteer readers, parents and children learn about the pleasures and techniques of looking at books together.