Doctors’ prescriptions: Playtime | great-falls


GREAT FALLS, Mt. – A new health partnership prescribes the game for the smallest patients as Alluvion Health has partnered with The Lego Foundation for your child’s doctor visits.

Children’s brains develop most rapidly between the ages of 0 and 3, and to help them learn and grow, the doctor orders a large dose of playtime.

“Play is more than just fun, it’s the brain’s favorite way to learn,” said Chesney Martin, medical assistant at Alluvion.

Alluvion Health encourages active play through the Prescription for Play initiative.

“[Families] meeting a caregiver is anyone aged 18 to 36 months during their health visit. They get a prescription, it’s not a formal physical prescription, but they show them what play is like. So the caregiver will sit down with the child and the caregiver and teach them how to play,” said Teresa Schreiner , executive director of the Alluvion Health Foundation.

Prescription for Play is a program created by Lego and delivered by primary care providers during health checkups to promote play in children 18-36 months old.

According to Alluvion, evidence shows that it usually takes 400 repetitions for children to learn something, but only 10 to 20 times when learning through play.

“When we recognize it’s some kind of doctor’s order, we listen to that. So if we stop and slow down and play without the interruptions, and the bustle, and the screens, then we will. stop and play with our kids,” Schreiner said.

Play is a natural tool for children to develop resilience by learning to work with others and overcome challenges.

“Communication skills are great, problem-solving skills, interacting with other kids and adults. Play helps facilitate all of those things,” Martin said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children have a well-child exam at 18 months, 2 years (24 months), 2½ years (30 months), and 3 years (36 months).

Alluvion distributes 250 Lego play kits during healthy child exams, to make an appointment you can call 406-454-6973.

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