Reading to Children Can Fight Attention Deficit Disorder Paying More Attention


A new study done by NYU shown that reading to children who have Attention deficit disorder or ADD can be fought. The study was published in journal Pediatrics and is creating a good possibility to combat the disorder in children. The study says that reading out loud to young children as well as engaging in pretend play can improve behavior problems related to hyperactivity and attention when they get to school.

Researchers looked at children from birth to 3 years old in a program that coached parents on reading and playing. It then followed the children after the program. “Better able to sit still. Better able to get along with friends or peers and teachers,” said Dr. Alan Mendelsohn of NYU Langone Health. Mendelsohn, the author of the study, says parents should point out pictures and ask questions when reading stories.

‘When parents provide children with the opportunity to kind of think about their feelings and those characters, it helps them to practice for when they’re actually dealing with those feelings when they enter school,” Mendelsohn said. Sanchez said she reads to her children in both Spanish and English and says she’s already noticed the benefits, especially with her youngest.

A second part of the study found positive impact on social and emotional development in kids who were read to from ages 3 through 5. In other words, from birth through age 5, reading aloud to your child not only will help them in school, it will also strengthen the bond between parents and children. “I see other kids the same age, and they don’t talk as much as she does,” Sanchez said.

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