Why your doctor wants you to read aloud to your toddler | Deseret News National: Fourteen published studies prove that ROR works, said Brian Gallagher, acting executive director of Reach Out and Read. These studies include a handful of “gold standard” random controlled experiments.
At least four strong studies show that kids given the ROR treatment had more advanced vocabularies than the control groups. And other studies showed that ROR shifted parental attitudes and behavior shifted significantly.
What you do with the book varies by the child’s age, High said. “At six months, the child reaches for the book, looks at it and pats some of the pictures. As they get older they learn how to orient the book and open the pages, and name the objects in pictures.”