The Importance of Reading to Your Child

Reading to your child can help improve their language skills!Reading your child a story at bedtime is a tradition for many parents. But recent studies are showing that reading to your child may be far more important than previously thought. Recent studies have emphasized how reading to your child, even at a very early age, can help develop early language skills. Developing strong language and communication skills can help a child succeed in school as they age: in one study, children who processed language quickly at two-years old were found to perform better in school at the age of eight. Other research studies have shown that early gains in academic success are correlated with likelihood of higher education and adult career success.

The more words a child hears at a young age, the better their language processing tends to develop. However, not all language affects a child in the same way. Simply overhearing language or being exposed to it in a non-interactive medium, such as television, doesn’t seem to have the same effect as specifically child-directed language. Reading books to your child has been shown to be one of the most effective means of exposing them to age-appropriate language construction. In addition, the exposure to written print and association with spoken language may help develop later literacy skills.

While reading a book is a great start to helping your child develop strong language and communication, some children may need an additional boost. Speech Associates of NY is a team of certified speech-language pathologists who provide home-based therapy that can help your child advance in their speech and language skills. Our professionals target speech and communication issues ranging from childhood language delays through developmentally disabilities and academic-language deficits. We are located on the Upper East Side, but provide home-based therapy all over the NY metropolitan area.

Want to learn more about how reading can help your child? Take a look at the following video from Speech Associates of NY’s founder and President, Jayne Latz:

Do you think your child may benefit from speech-language therapy services? Call us today for free phone consultation, and let us help you determine the need for an evaluation. For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

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