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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2012
Contact: Carolann Martines

Associate Writer

(516) 663-2234


New York State Senator Jack Martins read to children who made well visits to Winthrop on September
State Senator Jack Martins Reads to Pediatric Patients

When parents read aloud to their children, they are helping them develop language skills and an interest in reading. It is this philosophy that has guided Winthrop’s Reach Out and Read program, founded by William Bryson-Brockmann, MD, Chief of Behavioral Pediatrics at Winthrop.

“When we talk about health, we’re not just thinking of if the child is sick,” Dr. Bryson-Brockmann said. “We want them to be successful in life.” Through this program, young patients receive a new book to take home each time they have a check-up at Winthrop.

On September 17, New York State Senator Jack Martins joined with Dr. Bryson-Brockmann to show his support for the program by visiting with pediatric patients and reading to them.

Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. More than 6.2 million books are given nationally to 3.9 million children every year.

Winthrop gives out 13,000 books a year to young children during their check-ups. “We really encourage the parents to read to their kids,” Dr. Bryson-Brockmann said. “It all comes down to the fact that if you read to them, they'll do better in school."

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