The clinic will discuss the benefits of lap reading and the importance of bonding with a child through reading.
“We are hoping to help the at-risk children have the same experiences as other children,” said Ashley Gur, a member of the Junior Auxiliary’s provisional class. “We also hope to help young parents realize how important lap reading is to a child's development. It is not only educational but a way to connect with a child and form a bond with them.”
An at-risk child is any child that, due to his or her circumstances, is more likely to fail in an academic setting. The clinic aims to help reduce the likelihood of children becoming at-risk.
According to Reach Out and Read, an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy, reading aloud to children helps them acquire early language skills, develop a positive association with books and reading, and builds a stronger foundation for school success.
Gur is hopeful that the clinic will help parents and potential parents see that childhood education can never begin too early, as reading encourages children on both an educational and psychological level.
“Reading aloud with your children helps them to become better listeners, students, and readers themselves which is very important for child development,” said Gur. “It enables them to build a better vocabulary which makes them more aware of the world around them.
“Children learn that reading is fun and important when you spend valuable time reading with them. Reading enhances concentration and discipline, which is vital for learning when your child enters school. It also helps them to value relationships that will be vital in carrying out daily activities.”
Each person who attends the clinic will receive a diaper bag or book. Any bags and books that are left over will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center in Cleveland. Donations of these items will also be accepted.