Sep 16, 2016

Avita Pediatrician Gifts Children with Books at Visits


BUCYRUS – September 16, 2016 – Dr. Ryan Hohman, Avita Health System Pediatrician, has partnered with the Reach Out and Read program, a non-profit organization that provides developmentally-appropriate books to over 4.5 million families annually. To date, Dr. Hohman has provided over 1,100 books to children ages six months through five years at their regular pediatric check-ups. Dr. Hohman’s medical office is located at Bucyrus Hospital.

BUCYRUS – September 16, 2016 – Dr. Ryan Hohman, Avita Health System Pediatrician, has partnered with the Reach Out and Read program, a non-profit organization that provides developmentally-appropriate books to over 4.5 million families annually. To date, Dr. Hohman has provided over 1,100 books to children ages six months through five years at their regular pediatric check-ups. Dr. Hohman’s medical office is located at Bucyrus Hospital.

Reach Out and Read, founded in 1989 at Boston City Hospital in Boston, MA, are advocates for childhood literacy and incorporate children’s books into pediatric care, encouraging regular childhood check-ups and parent/child reading prior to the child entering school. Through the Reach Out and Reach program, each child should receive 10 free books by the time they enter kindergarten. 

“With the Reach out and Read program, we are making literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care,” comments Dr. Hohman. “I have enjoyed providing my patients with tools to grow and succeed.” Dr. Hohman encourages the parents to read to their infants and children, and explains how reading assists in brain development and cognitive skills. 

The books are purchased through Scholastic, by the Ohio Children’s Fund, are age appropriate and meet bilingual needs. Reading books early help to children build language, literacy, social and emotional skills. Dr. Hohman plans to continue participating in the program.  According to the National Education Association, children who read early score better in school and more easily recognize letters and sounds.