America’s top doctors say pediatricians should prescribe more playtime to children. Yes, prescribe!
In a new report published today, titled The Power Of Play, the American Academy of Pediatrics said there is clear evidence that playing around is key for development – whether it’s with friends or with their parents.
The authors say the report is much needed, since the amount of time kids spend playing has plummeted in the last two decades.
Compared to kids of the 80s, today’s kids under 11 have far less free time – 12 fewer hours a week – and 30 percent of school children spend their breaks indoors.
‘There is a whole section of our report that talks about the importance of play in preschool settings and how important it is to find a balance of playful learning with the more traditional curriculum,’ lead author Dr Michael Yogman of Mount Auburn Hospital told WBZ-TV.
‘Some people say play is a waste of time. Well it’s not a waste of time.’
The authors explain that childhood is a crucial moment of developing key skills that will impact a person for the rest of their life.
These include social-emotional skills, cognitive development, language, and self-regulation, which are crucial to being a sensitive, intelligent and independent person.
Playing with parents adds another dynamic: it is key to building a trusting relationship between parent and child.
The APP say their demand for prescribed play may be the only thing that ensures kids get free time.
Writing a prescription will at least impact on parents how important it really is!
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