The Importance of Reading

The Importance of Reading

The NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) was established by congress in 1962. Research conducted from the NICHD's Program in Learning Disabilities led to the following conclusions:

·  Unless they receive the right kind of reading instruction and participate in specifically designed Reading Activities, at least 20% of children cannot learn to read well

·  One of the critically important Reading Activities is to provide your children with excellent books that you read to them or, when they are older, have them read aloud while you listen and help them. I recommend a wonderful website, Better-Childrens-Books, which lists tried and tested books by age group that will engage your child and be a great asset to helping your child become an excellent reader.

·  The first casualty of poor reading is self esteem

·  10-15% of reading impaired children drop out of High School

·  Only 2% of reading impaired children complete 4 years of college

·  About 50% of adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties

·  About 50% of youths with a history of substance abuse have reading problems

Parents - make sure your child becomes an excellent reader!

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