Doctor Provides Free Reading Program

Jonesboro, Ark., March 16th, 2022 – Internal Medicine and Pediatric Physician, Dr. Matthew Harvison provides pediatric patients with books during milestone visits.  The program, intended for patients 6 months to 3 years, involves giving the child a book during each milestone visit in an effort to encourage reading at an early age.  Research has proven that speaking, singing, reading aloud can permanently change neuronal connections in the brain.  Language ability by age 3 is strongly correlated with academic performance.

The program is based on the, “Reach Out and Read” model which is AAP endorsed. Toddlers and preschoolers using this model have higher test scores on language and vocabulary assessments than those not in the program. According to the Children’s Bureau, some benefits of reading to children include supported cognitive development, improved language skills, and improved concentration and discipline.

This program is available for pediatric patients of Dr. Matthew Harvison at the NEA Baptist Trumann Clinic. Harvison notes, “Reading aloud with your children not only strengthens the bonds between parent and child; but also improves social, intellectual, and language skills for years to come.” He is currently accepting new patients. Please call 870-936-7100 to schedule an appointment.

NEA Baptist Health System comprises NEA Baptist Clinic, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, and NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.  The 228-bed hospital offers cancer care, heart care through the Heart Center, labor and delivery services through the hospital’s Women’s Center, as well as a number of inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, and surgical services including weight loss surgery, neurology, respiratory care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. NEA Baptist Clinic’s over 110 physicians practice in more than 35 specialties and offer a wealth of services, from pediatrics to orthopedic services.

For more information about NEA Baptist, please call 870-936-1000 or visit

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