The development and initial assessment of Reach Out and Read Plus Mathematics for use in primary care paediatrics

V. Faye Jones, Elizabeth Todd Brown, Victoria J Molfese, Melissa C. Ferguson, Jill Jacobi-Vessels, Carey Bertsch, Tanya Abraham, Deborah Winders Davis

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Objective: Children from low-income families are often not well-prepared for kindergarten entry, especially in mathematical skills. Caregivers may lack the knowledge and confidence to teach early mathematical skills. The purpose of this study was to develop a parent–child activities-based mathematics learning programme and test its acceptability and initial efficacy. Method: The evidence-based Reach Out and Read (ROR) programme was adapted to incorporate mathematics content. ROR plus Mathematics (ROR+M) was developed and introduced during well-child visits. Descriptive and repeated-measures analysis of variance analyses were used to evaluate pre- and three weekly post-intervention assessments. Results: Parents self-reported acceptability and initial efficacy of the ROR+M programme was demonstrated. No change was reported in non-mathematical reading behaviour. Discussion: ROR+M was developed and implemented in a primary care paediatric setting serving primarily low-income families. Acceptability and initial efficacy was demonstrated. Randomised clinical trials are needed before widespread implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)694-708
Number of pages15
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume185
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2015

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Mathematics
Primary Health Care
Pediatrics
Analysis of Variance
Caregivers
Reading
Randomized Controlled Trials
Parents
Learning

Keywords

  • low-income families
  • mathematics skills
  • preschool-age children
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics

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The development and initial assessment of Reach Out and Read Plus Mathematics for use in primary care paediatrics. / Jones, V. Faye; Brown, Elizabeth Todd; Molfese, Victoria J; Ferguson, Melissa C.; Jacobi-Vessels, Jill; Bertsch, Carey; Abraham, Tanya; Davis, Deborah Winders.

In: Early Child Development and Care, Vol. 185, No. 5, 04.05.2015, p. 694-708.

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Jones, V. Faye ; Brown, Elizabeth Todd ; Molfese, Victoria J ; Ferguson, Melissa C. ; Jacobi-Vessels, Jill ; Bertsch, Carey ; Abraham, Tanya ; Davis, Deborah Winders. / The development and initial assessment of Reach Out and Read Plus Mathematics for use in primary care paediatrics. In: Early Child Development and Care. 2015 ; Vol. 185, No. 5. pp. 694-708.
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