Time for play every day keeps the doctor away.
So says the American Academy of Pediatrics, who on Monday released a new report entitled "The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children". It calls for doctors to write literal prescriptions for children to be allocated more time for play, citing the important role it has in their lives.
Play is a vital tool in childhood development, helping to improve social, cognitive and linguistic skills among others. It is also a crucial part of both emotional and academic growth.
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