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Reading Aloud Can Reduce Hyperactivity, Attention Problems in Children

Posted by: Sally C Fuller
Originally published at: HCN Healthcare News

ITASCA, Ill. — A new study, “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development,” published in the April 2018 issue of Pediatrics, studies how pediatric programs that promote positive parenting activities such as reading out loud and pretend play affect children’s social and emotional development.

Researchers performed a randomized study in which some children received a program called Video Interaction Project beginning at birth and continuing through age 3. At every pediatric visit, program families were video-recorded reading or playing with their children, and then the video was reviewed with a coach who helped parents learn more about their own powerful role in their child’s development.