Doctor Offers Free Reading Program – NEA Report


Jonesboro, Ark., March 16, 2022 – Internal physician and pediatrician, Dr. Matthew Harvison provides pediatric patients with books during important visits. The program, aimed at patients 6 months to 3 years old, involves giving the child a book at each milestone visit to encourage reading at an early age. Research has proven that talking, singing, reading aloud can permanently alter neural connections in the brain. Language skills at age 3 are strongly correlated with academic performance.

The program is based on the “Reach Out and Read” model which is endorsed by the AAP. Toddlers and preschoolers using this model score higher on language and vocabulary tests than those who do not participate in the program. According to the Children’s Bureau, some benefits of reading for children include sustained 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 bond 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 includes the NEA Baptist Clinic, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, and NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care. The 228-bed hospital offers cancer care, cardiac care through the Heart Center, labor and delivery services through the hospital’s Women’s Center, and some number of inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care and surgical services, including bariatric surgery, neurology, respiratory care and pulmonary rehabilitation. The more than 110 doctors at the NEA Baptist Clinic practice in more than 35 specialties and offer a multitude of services, from pediatrics to orthopedic services.

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

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