American Academy of Pediatrics
Children need to develop a variety of skill sets to optimize their development and manage toxic stress. Research demonstrates that developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers is a singular opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and a prosocial brain. Furthermore, play supports the formation of the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive.
Yogman, Michael; Garner, Andrew; Hutchinson, Jeffrey; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Keane, Virginia; Baum, Rebecca; Gambon, Thresia; Lavin, Arthur; Mattson, Gerri; Wissow, Lawrence; Berry, Sahron; Starin, Amy; Christopherson, Edward; Schlesinger, Abigail; Smith, Karen S.; Hill, David L.; Ameenuddin, Nusheen; Ghassiakos, Yolanda Reid; Cross, Corinn; Boyd, Rhea; Mendelson, Robert; Moreno, Megan A.; Swanson, Wendy Sue; Smith, Justin; Kaliebe, Kristopher; Pomeranz, Jennifer; Wilcox, Brian; and McPheron, Thomas, "The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children" (2018). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 610.
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Accepted version. Pediatrics, Vol. 142, No. 3 (September 1, 2018). DOI. © 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics. Used with permission.