When children first go to the doctor, Elizabeth Lippitt wants them to have the best of developmental screenings and an order to discover books.
“It’s a fact that many children enter kindergarten with a 1,500- to 2,000-word deficit, as compared with their peers,” says Lippitt, a Collaboration member who is director of Infant Welfare Clinic, at 320 Lake St.
Through Physicians Initiative, a move the Collaboration has begun to find ways of making screenings as thorough as possible, Lippitt also is tending to one of the group’s founding initiatives: Literacy begins at birth.
Her clinic is furnishing doctors’ offices with books so that children can be sent home from every visit with a different kind of prescription sample.
For details about Physicians Initiative, call Elizabeth Lippitt at Infant Welfare Clinic, 708/ 848-0528, ext. 226.
Deb Quantock McCarey
Help your child learn to love reading
Read aloud to your child every day. Start immediately and don’t stop when he or she can read by him- or herself.
Fill your house with books, new and used.
Let your child see you reading. Set the example that reading is important.
Let your child read before bedtime. Make sure everyone has a good bedside light for reading.
Use your public library. Look for storytimes, reading incentive programs and events that might interest your child.
Let your child choose his or her own books.