Study: Reading Programs May Improve Kids’ Behavior!

I found this interesting study about reading  by Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) in the New Hampshire Union Leader on Thursday, March 29, 2018 on page 84. This may be enlightening to many parents who have children with behavior problems.

Here are some quotes from this article. If you would like to look it up online I mentioned the paper and date and page number above. I also took a photo of this article and posted it below the excerpts. Enjoy!

Study: Reading Programs May Improve Kids’ Behavior!

By Lisa Rapaport

(Reuters Health)

Programs that encourage parents to read with their kids may teach more than just book smarts — a new study suggests they may also be associated with better behavior and emotional health.

Reading interventions have long been linked to improvements in language and literacy, especially among young children whose parents have limited income or education. 

But Less is known about benefits for more affluent families or the potential for these efforts to improve social, emotional or behavioral functioning for kids and their parents…..

Reading to children is not only for having a smart child but also for having a happy child and a good parent-child relationship as well, said lead study Author Qiana-Wen Kie, of the University of Hong Kong.

Some parents may not realize it’s important for them to read aloud with kids from a very young age, Xie said by email. Even when they know reading matters, parents might be pressed for time, unable to afford books, or unfamiliar with interactive reading techniques that can make the biggest impact on cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral development……

The shared experience — spending time together, sitting close to each other, making connections between the book and daily life — are critical, Dr. Caroline Kristin, a pediatrics researcher at Boston University School of Medicine, added. The findings from this study highlight that the time spent reading together also improves parents’ well-being and is associated with decreased stress, decreased depression, and increased markers of parental competence.

I hope you enjoyed reading this informative article. If you don’t already read to your children daily, I pray that you will soon.

Each time I see an article about the benefits of reading I share it with my readers here. I have been preaching about the benefits of reading in other posts I have written on my blog. Here is another one of them.

Many years ago I worked in a Title One Program for Reading, Grade 1-4. In this program I was an aide to the teacher and worked with children who needed help in reading and comprehension. I sat with a few children each hour or so and read and discussed stories. Children loved it and so did I! The best part of this program was children were learning and having fun!

Another year I worked with special needs children in another program with Grades 4-7. I taped stories that I read into a tape recorder in order for children to listen and learn.

Some of the older children I worked with had to write stories of their own. A few of them were not cooperative and wanted to draw or do other things. I did what I could to keep them on task and had them draw cars and other things that they liked and have them talk about these drawings. In essence, they had to make up a story about the article they drew without really knowing that they were learning and working with me. Sneaky, huh? But it worked!

I only worked as a teacher aide for three years but enjoyed being with the children and seeing them light up as they understood a concept. I moved over to a secretarial  position in this particular school system and finished up in an administrative secretarial position completing 25 years, after which I retired.

I never stopped teaching children about the importance of reading even from my desk in the main office. When children came into my office I would always ask them what they were presently reading or suggest a new book to them. At that time I was not published as an author but would have given out my books eagerly to see children reading. I do that now to organizations for special needs and reading programs.

Now as a published author with 20 books under my belt and more coming all the time, I hope I can influence children and adults everywhere to read, read and read some more.

I would love to hear your thoughts about reading. Drop me a line here or on my email jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net. If you do read, please leave a review for the author! We authors will love you for it!


Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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20 Responses to Study: Reading Programs May Improve Kids’ Behavior!

  1. Mary Smith says:

    I was lucky as both my parents were great readers so it was natural for me to want to read, too. I always read to my son. I’ve often wondered what it must be like to be born into a home which has no books and a family which doesn’t read. It must make a teacher’s job a bit more difficult.

    • jjspina says:

      You were fortunate, Mary, to have parents who were readers. Many families don’t read and unfortunately their children will not become readers either. Yes, it does make a teacher’s job that much harder. I saw many children who never read books at home. They devoured books at school when I worked with them. I think they did become readers after being introduced to books. Thank goodness. 😘

  2. mihrank says:

    this is such amazing and one of the most practical post I have read over and over. Thank you for sharing it…we read to our children as its one of the best therapy for them!!

  3. macjam47 says:

    Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    A wonderful post from author Janice Spina on the importance of reading to your children and the effects on behavior.

  4. dgkaye says:

    So important Janice to read to children and allow their imaginations to grow along with learning. Great share! ❤

  5. This is a great article, Janice. Sharing.

  6. Great post Janice, reading aloud can really help children with Dyslexia too and ensure their vocabulary and sentence structure keeps up with their easy reading peers. I love audio books – are any of your books audio books for children?

  7. Pingback: Happy Reading with Jemsbooks! How Many Books Did you Read This Year? | Jemsbooks

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