Books in print – books help children & parents bond better, says new study


Reading out books to children is a great way for parents and children to bond. Now this has been scientifically proven. A new study conducted by a group of researchers at the University of Michigan points out that reading out print books to toddlers helps parent and child to bond better when compared to reading out e-books. But is this applicable to children with developmental disorders like autism? Parents give mixed reviews.

Preeti Dixit is the parent of a child with autism. She is also part of many parent support groups.

My son prefers print books when compared to e-books. I started reading out to him from a very young age, and he loves handling books and holding them. I believe the touch and feel of books are more relatable to kids when compared to e-books. I got him Kindle because there are multiple choices. But he just kept that away saying the visuals do not interest him. I feel it is better when parents read out books to children because that is one great way of bonding with them-Preeti Dixit, Parent of child with autism

Nowadays, everyone is switching over to technology because it is easier and faster. When it comes to children with disabilities, it helps them in numerous ways because there are multiple mobile apps and software that reach out to them. That is precisely the reason why Smrithy Rajesh, parent of a child with autism, prefers using e-books.

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