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Paediatr Child Health. 2018 Feb;23(1):6-11. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxx143. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

Literacy promotion by health care professionals: A comprehensive biomedical and psychosocial approach.

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1
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
2
The Hospital for Sick Children.
3
Department of Pediatrics.
4
Social Pediatrics.
5
City of Toronto, Children's Services.
6
Learning Disabilities Research Program.

Abstract

Literacy is the ability to read, write and understand print. Proficiency in literacy is fundamental to social inclusion and strongly linked to health outcomes. Thus, improving literacy is important for lifelong health promotion. Poverty, inadequate hearing, speech and vision and learning disabilities may challenge literacy development. In our review, we explore these topics and suggest recommendations to: Mitigate the Effects of Poverty, Access Comprehensive Medical Assessments, Promote Early Childhood Education and Advocate for Early Intervention and Remediation Programs.

KEYWORDS:

Early intervention; Hearing; Language development disorders; Literacy; Remedial teaching; Vision

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