Promoting Healthy Development By Playing with Your Children

Imagine if pediatricians could write a prescription to help patients during the first two years of well-child visits that would boost social-emotional, cognitive, language and self-regulation skills. Research shows they can, and the “prescription” to write is simple: “Play with your child every day.”  An updated AAP clinical report outlines how play is a fundamental part of children’s healthy development.  The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children from the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health and the Council on Communications and Media is available at and will be published in the September issue of Pediatrics.
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