Young patients and their families at a UTHealth Houston subspecialty clinic will soon experience the benefits of Reach Out and Read Texas, which is part of a national program that incorporates books into pediatric care for children from 6 months to 5 years old. It’s a win-win that helps not only the families at Dan L Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic at The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at UTHealth Houston but also the physicians who can use the interaction as a natural assessment of skills.
“I have seen infants and toddlers in other clinics go from not showing any interest in a book to showing interest at their next appointment,” said Ashley Dauenhauer, PNP, pediatric nurse practitioner at the clinic. “My favorite is when a preschooler tells me what book I gave them at their previous visit and requests I give them an alternative!”
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