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Health Care Visits To Check More Than Just Health?

Health Care Visits To Check More Than Just Health?
Study Shows Health Care Providers Can Help with School Readiness During Primary Care Visits

Doctor examining baby

From the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development Web page

It seems it’s never too early to start thinking about getting your child ready for school. From picture books to educational toys and videos, there’s no shortage of items and programs geared toward helping children to prepare to succeed in school.

But some children, especially those in at-risk families, don’t hear as many words and aren’t read-to on a regular basis; others don’t engage in skill-building play until they start preschool or kindergarten. By that time, researchers say, at-risk children already lag behind peers in school readiness skills. Finding earlier opportunities to intervene and to encourage school readiness and other skills could help to bridge the achievement gap between at-risk children and their peers who are not at risk.

Researchers’ efforts led them to a trusted resource for many families—the health care provider.

Including school readiness interventions in regular well-baby and well-child visits seems a natural fit for a number of reasons, such as:

  • The visits occur frequently.
  • Nearly all families attend the visits because of the immunizations and screenings required for child care and school settings.
  • Parents often have close relationships with their children’s health care provider.
  • The infrastructure for the visits and processes related to payment for visits is already in place.
  • Conducting the interventions during regularly scheduled visits eliminates additional travel for the families…….

 

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February 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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