Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Doctors Prescribe Reading

During annual checkups, children up to age five are given a new book to take home and a prescription for reading.

A child’s next visit to the doctor may include more than a checkup, as pediatricians at one Manitowoc County clinic are now prescribing reading — and even providing the books.

During annual wellness checkups at Holy Family Memorial Pediatrics, children 6 months to age 5 are given a new book to take home with a prescription to read it or have their parents read it to them.

“I’m a really big believer in early literacy,” said Terry Ehle, youth services coordinator at the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers. “Most brain development happens before the age of 5, which is when normal school programs begin. Most of those pathways in your brain are developed before you even see anybody at school. It is really important that parents start right away, from the moment their child is born, to create those pathways. Reading is the most effective ways to do that.”

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