October Medical Minute

October Medical Minute with ROR-KC Medical Director
Sallie Page-Goertz, MN, APRN, CPNP, IBCLC

Boo! Fall festivals, Halloween happenings, influenza vaccines for everybody 6 months and older…it’s hopefully a wonderful time of year for most. Every day in our clinics, providers are using the wonderful books provided with the help of our amazing donors, to encourage caregivers to read to their littles. Research has made it very clear that caring adults (and older siblings) being in conversation, reading, singing and playing with the youngest infants and children foster their language and vocabulary development.

An exciting new study published in Pediatrics reports that intensity of shared reading is associated with the risk of socio/emotional problems in preschoolers. Information was gathered on about 5700 young children; the majority were black and had public insurance. Social/emotional concerns were assessed by an Ages and Stages Questionnaire-Social/Emotional (ASQ:SE) completed by a child’s caregivers. Parents reported frequency of reading with their children prior to completing the ASQ:SE during primary care visits. Children with rare, shared reading had a higher risk of an abnormal ASQ:SE compared with those who experienced shared reading on most days. The journal editors conclude that “Reading promotion during primary care visits could support improved social-emotional development and related outcomes for young children.”

Isn’t it spooky that all of the providers at clinics participating in Reach Out and Read are doing just that!  Thank you to all who are helping us continue to promote early literacy skills, vocabulary building, and caregiver-child relationships – but also perhaps preventing social/emotional concerns down the road!

Stefanie’s Bookshelf – October

Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox, illustrated by Micah Player
Published by Roaring Brook Press

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

I just had the best time reading Friday Night Wrestlefest to my children this week. The story demands to be read in a commanding announcer voice and I just love getting silly with voices at bedtime. The ensuing giggles is one of the sweetest gifts I can give to my family. Wrestlefest follows the joyous chaos a family creates together as they set up a wrestling ring in their living room before bedtime. But what happens when “Mama-rama” and “Big Bald Baby” join the in the fight with a dirty trick no one saw coming? Vibrant illustrations contrast beautifully with delightfully twisty alliteration to make this book a surefire story time hit. For a master class in silly commentary voicing, watch this World Wrestling Cats video featuring cute kittens battling for a mountain-high pile of chow. I also recommend visiting the author’s website for some fun family activities like creating your own wrestling personas. Happy reading!

– Stefanie Estes, M.L.S.

Stefanie Estes is the Book Coordinator for ROR-KC. She’s responsible for purchasing and organizing the delivery of 65,000 books annually to our partner clinics.