Cleveland Clinic doctor, new study says reading to babies boosts vocabulary, language skills

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Many parents snuggle up to their children to read bed-time stories, and a new study shows that reading to infants has added benefits.

A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics monitored 250 pairs of mothers and children ages 6-months to 4-years-old. Results show that reading books to babies could boost their vocabulary and early-reading skills. It could also lead to advanced literacy skills, such as name-writing.

Kimbery Giuliano, a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, is a strong supporter of avid reading to babies and beyond.

"It's never too early to start. If you want to read to your newborn – that's great," said Dr. Giuliano. "They learn by developing all different types of senses, so if they can hear, see, and touch, it really helps them to understand the concepts that are being presented to them in the book."

As children age, Dr, Giuliano stressed the importance of continued reading.

"The more we engage our brains actively in reading, the better children do academically, the longer their attention spans are, and the more success they're likely to have in school," said Dr. Giuliano.

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