The Power of Reading to Your Child

smith-adri03Reading aloud to your child is an important part of family time that promotes parent-child bonding, brings balance to hectic family life and prepares your child for a lifetime of learning.  Most experts recommend reading to your children daily, even to infants.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading at least a few minutes per day starting at birth.

So why the focus on early reading?  Most studies show several benefits to regular reading in children including improved bonding with parents, better performance in all aspects of education (even math!), improvement in basic speech and communication skills, better logical thinking and better concentration.

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Anxiety

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Miguel Nunez, MD

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Joseph Poole, FNP


Anxiety is defined as “fear or nervousness about what might happen” (Merrium-Webster, 2016). The condition of anxiety can include fear, nervousness, jitters and even panic. Anxiety is so prevalent, it is said that 25% of all adults will experience it one time in their lives, making it more common than depression (Satterfield, Feldman, 2014). The types of anxiety seen in clinic are exhibited in the following table:
Anxiety Disorder Prevalence in Primary Care (%)

  • Acute stress disorder 3–5
  • Agoraphobia 1–3
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder 4–9
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 1–2
  • Panic Disorder 1–6
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder 2–12
  • Social phobia 3–7
  • Specific phobia 8–13
  • Adjustment disorder with anxiety 4.5–9.2
  • Anxiety disorder due to a general medical condition 14–66
  • Substance-induced anxiety disorder Unknown prevalence
  • Anxiety disorder not otherwise specified (NOS) Unknown (Table 1 Satterfield, Feldman, 2014).

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