Adams County Health Center is excited to announce their participation in the Prescriptions for Play Program created by Lego and supported through the Lego Foundation. When you schedule your child’s 18-36 month Well Child Check, your child will be given a set of Lego/Duplo blocks. These blocks are for the child and parent/caregiver to take home and start using their prescription for 15 minutes of one-on-one Free Play, and the blocks are just a bonus to get the playing started. This may be one of the most fun and most important prescriptions ever received.
The Prescription for Play Program encourages parents and caregivers to spend at least 15 minutes a day participating one-on-one in Free Play with their children. This meaning without screentime technology such as phones, computers, or tablets. It is recommended children under the age of two do not participate in play using screen time, and studies have shown it may result in slower development. Encouraging Free Play will not only inspire the skills needed for relationships, school, and work, but will assist in developing a stronger and deeper bond with your child, reminding just how important they are.
Play, especially Free Play, is an important part of childhood contributing to their overall learning. Play is essential for children to develop their imagination, social, emotional, problem-solving, language development, communication, and collaboration skills. Play has also been shown to decrease stress in children and assist them with maintaining better relationships at home, work, and school. These are all fundamental skills or building blocks assisting children to become more successful in life.
If you would like to schedule your Well Child Exam, call ACHC at 208-253-4242. While the Prescriptions for Play Lego/Duplo blocks are only available to children scheduling their 18-36 month Well Child Exam, Providers at ACHC are accepting children of all ages for appointments.