“Neuroscientists, developmental biologists, social scientists, and researchers from every point of the scientific compass now know that play is a profound biological process.”
-Stuart Brown Play, How it shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and invigorates the Soul
What happens when play, a “profound biological process” is interrupted? Unfortunately it is becoming increasingly clear. The consequences of play deficit are alarming, both to individuals and communities. . .
All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed
The Loss of Children’s Play: A Public Health Issue
Sixty minutes of daily unstructured free play is essential to children’s physical and mental health. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008)
The decline of play | Peter Gray | TEDxNavesink – YouTube
Consequences of Play Deprivation. Stuart L. Brown (2014), Scholarpedia, 9(5):30449.
American Academy of Pediatrics: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds