What is Reach Out and Read?

Reach Out and Read is a national nonprofit that champions the positive effects of reading daily and engaging in other language-rich activities with young children. Reading together promotes healthy brain development, furthers language acquisition, and helps families build meaningful bonds.

What does Reach Out and Read Do? 

Reach Out and Read is a simple, evidence-based intervention that takes place between medical providers and families with young children to encourage the positiveparent/children interactions that support early brain development through a focus on sharing books.

The Reach Out and Read organization and it’s collaboration with The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders provides free books for our pediatric patients of all ages at their next appointment.

Information From Our Providers

The Reach Out and Read Program promotes early literacy, speech, child development and much more. See Dr. Geeta Grover, our Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician explain why early literacy matters.
An interview with Dr. Grover and her patient Tristan, along with his mom Michelle as they discuss the benefits of the Reach Out and Read Program. They discuss how fostering a love of reading through books has helped Tristan to develop his abilities in reading, writing and verbal skills. The books have introduced him to new ideas and the development of new interests.

Ways You Can Help Bring More Books to Our Patients

Join millions all over the nation today and take part in Giving Tuesday and give back to The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders' Reach Out and Read Program, to support and promote early literacy, speech, child development and much more.

What are the benefits of Literacy and the Reach Out and Read Program

Reading is beneficial for all children including those with developmental disabilities. The simple act of reading together aloud with your young child lays the groundwork for a lifelong love of reading and learning including:

  • Create a lasting emotional connection with your child.
  • Stimulates cognitive development that has lasting effects throughout their development.
  • Increased listening and speech and language skills.

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When we read with our young ones, we help grow their curiosity and memory. 

Download the Tip sheet Here

Experiencing and engaging in language-rich interactions helps children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and literacy — all of which are critical to success in school and beyond. Even the simple act of handling books develops school readiness in infants.

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Reach Out and Read is the largest of all early literacy organizations that serve over 4.2 million children annually.

You can learn more about the Reach Out and Read program HERE