Here are some basic tips on how to incorporate the Reach Out and
Read intervention into regular pediatric checkups.
1. Start with the book.
Give a brand-new book at the beginning of the visit,
incorporating it during the exam. The book should be age
appropriate and culturally sensitive for the specific child. Do not
give it as a gift at the end; use it to survey gross and fine motor
skills, and cognitive and speech milestones. Model reading the book
aloud to the child and explain to the parent what you are doing and
2. Observe how the parent and child interact.
Listen to the comments and observe behaviors. Give
positive feedback or suggestions. Model effective reading
techniques to guide parents: point and name objects and colors, ask
child appropriate questions, and employ silly/cute voices (and/or
facial expressions) to make reading fun. Give a prescription for
3. Tie everything together.
Help the parent understand the importance of language and
development skills. Talk about routines, power struggles, and
control issues. Emphasize how reading together helps families
create strong emotional bonds and positive lifelong memories.