PRESCRIPTION FOR PLAY

Did you know you could get a prescription for play?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines to empower pediatricians to write a "prescription for play" to every family they see.

Play is critically important in supporting children's healthy cognitive development. According to Dr. Travis Riddell, local pediatrician and Teton County's Public Health Officer, “Unstructured play is critical for cognitive, social, language and motor development in children. It helps them manage stress, develop executive function and self-regulate.”

Play also facilitates parent engagement, promotes safe, stable, and nurturing relationships, and is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem-solving, collaboration and creativity.

The Jackson Hole Children's Museum is already championing these recommendations in our community. We provide a safe, nurturing space for children and their families to play, create, explore and discover.

Find the full AAP report here: The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children

Dr. Michael Yogman and Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, two of the lead authors of AAP’s report, translate the recommendations in this recorded webinar!

Also, developed by Boston Children's Museum, this document summarizes the power of play for parents and caregivers.