Reach Out and Read and Pediatric Literacy

Children’s Medical Center, PA, supports promoting pediatric literacy by participating in the Reach Out and Read program and giving children a book at their check ups from 6 months to 5 years old. On Tuesday, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new, national effort that promotes early literacy in pediatrics, something that CMC is very excited about.
 
Brian Gallagher, Acting Executive Director of Reach Out and Read, joined representatives from their longstanding partner Scholastic to meet with Secretary Clinton in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting. They launched a partnership that aimed at raising awareness among parents about the importance of early language development. Along with pediatric literacy, Clinton’s Too Small to Fail initiative is also involved in the partnership.
 
For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has published a policy statement that promotes books and literacy guidance as an essential part of pediatrics, from the start of a child’s life. To bring this statement to life, Scholastic is donating 500,000 new children’s books to Reach Out and Read clinics across the country.
 
In the Carolinas, Reach Out and Read currently serves more than 275,000 families. Thanks to this generous gift, more families will be able to make reading aloud a daily activity.
 
Through CMC’s Reach Out and Read program, we will ensure that all children enter school prepared to succeed. 

To learn more about this partnership, click here.

Reach Out and Read was featured in The New York Times! Read the article about our new partnership here.

ADHD and Your Child

Does your child have ADHD? How do you know? If you have not asked this question then maybe a friend, relative, or teacher has. On February 7th at 6:30pm in the Greenville office we will explore the characteristics of ADHD, how we diagnose it, and how we treat it.  If you want more information or just have questions about ADHD, this class is for you.

Have you heard of an IEP or 504 and did not know what it meant? Need help dealing with school, knowing your rights and the legal obligations of the school, or just navigating it all? We’re here to help! We will also have Cindy Benton, LPN, with us to address these concerns and help you be your child’s advocate.

Please call the Greenville office at (864) 288-5402 to sign up for the class.

Mark DeMoss, MD

ADHD and School Problems

It seems that fall brings football, soccer, allergies, and the schools first progress reports.  When these reports were released, we noticed an increased number of visits and calls concerning school difficulties and ADHD problems.  We are offering a class on November 1, 2012 in our Greenville office at 6:30 pm dealing with this problem.  I will be covering some of the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for ADHD.

Please call the Greenville office at 864-288-5402, to sign up for the class.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Ray Flanders, MD