Power of Play

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General Medicine Paediatrics Public Health Developmental Pediatrics Public health
Power of Play

Play is something that children do naturally and is often perceived as just a joyful activity. Benefits have been documented in the domains of executive function, language, social development and peer relations, physical development and health, mental health, early mathematical development and memory and learning. 


1 Convention on the Rights of the Child text.  Available at: https://www.unicef.org/child-rights-convention/convention-text         

2 Yogman M, Garner A, Hutchinson J, et al. AAP COMMITTEE ON PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH, AAP COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA. The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children. Pediatrics. 2018; 142(3): e20182058

3 Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Government of Newfound and Labrador. The Power of Play Literature Review. Available at: https://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/earlychildhood/power.html

4 Center on the Developing Child. What is Executive Function? And How Does It Relate To Child Development? Available at:  https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/what-is-executive-function-and-how-does-it-relate-to-child-development/

5 AAP COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA. Media and Young Minds. Pediatrics. 2016; 138(5):e20162591


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