Intervention for Literacy

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Literacy+2 More
Reading Bees app and children's book to enhance parent-infant reading quality (0-2 month visit) - Behavioral
< 18
All Sexes
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Study Summary

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents read to their children as often as possible beginning in infancy and limits on screen time at all ages, yet many families question the value of reading to infants and are uncertain how to do so, and screen time is rising. This proposal is highly relevant to public health in that it involves a "how-to" approach to reading with infants and limiting screen time that is delivered during pediatric well-child visits within an established program (Reach Out and Read) using innovative materials: specially designed children's books and animated educational videos featured in a new mobile app (Reading Bees). It addresses important research gaps, compliments existing programs and empowers families, particularly from underserved backgrounds, to read more interactively and enjoyably with their babies, limit screen time, and improve early literacy skills, relationships and health outcomes.

Eligible Conditions

  • Literacy
  • Relation, Parent-Child
  • Language Development

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

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Study Objectives

6 Primary · 2 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Change between 6- and 12-month visits compared between groups.

12-month visit
Efficacy - digital media use (screen time)
Efficacy - language
Baseline visit (0-2 months)
Feasibility of intervention
Month 2
Usability - reading and screen time materials
Change Between 6- and 12-month visits compared between groups.
Video Observation of Shared Reading - Change in Parent-Child Bonding
Change between 6- and 12-month visits compared between groups.
Efficacy - change in qualitative home reading behaviors
Efficacy - change in quantitative home reading behaviors
Video Observation of Shared Reading - Reading Quality

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

1 of 2
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

186 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Intervention · No Placebo Group · N/A

InterventionExperimental Group · 2 Interventions: Reading Bees app and children's book to enhance parent-infant reading quality (0-2 month visit), Reading Bees app and children's book to encourage alternatives to digital media (6-month visit) · Intervention Types: Behavioral, Behavioral
ControlNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: Control · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: change between 6- and 12-month visits compared between groups.
Closest Location: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center · Cincinnati, OH
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2011First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Literacy
705 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age < 18 · All Participants · 6 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You are the parent of an Android or iOS-compatible smartphone.
You are eligible if you are a parent or child of a parent in the parent study.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.