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The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging Pediatricians to "prescribe play" for its crucial role in children's development of "motor, social–emotional, language, executive functioning, math, and self-regulation skills" - parents, remember to prioritize unstructured playtime.

Read the NY Times interpretation here

Read the full AAP publication here

Paul Tough, author and journalist writes about character qualities and their impact on children's long-term success in his book Helping Children Succeed, 

"neurobiological research is complemented by long-term psychological studies showing that children who exhibit certain noncognitive capacities (including self-control and conscientiousness) are more likely to experience a variety of improved outcomes in adulthood."

Read the full text here

Learn more about Paul Tough's work here

Children's screen time use correlated with "poorer performance on developmental screening tests" months and years later.

 

Replacing screen time with "independent play time" supports overall development, especially language development and executive function skills.

 

The video panel discusses learning tools, interactive media content quality, and parent/child co-play opportunities. 

Read the full CNN article here

Read the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement here

The impact of early screen time and overstimulation, discussed in Dr. Dimitri Christakis' TED talk, Media and Children highlighting the link between screen time and attention deficits.

 

Also discussed are ways to improve children's attention through "cognitive stimulation" (reading, museum visits, singing), and how to select quality screen content.

 

Dr. Christakis summarizes his research on the positive impact of learning toys (blocks) and interactive play on children's language development. 

See Dr. Christakis' research and current projects here