Simply Well: Dr. Richmond Advocates Play over Tube Time for Kids

“Unstructured play is so important for brain development in the preschool years,” wrote Deanna Richmond, MD, pediatrician at South County Pediatrics, in a recent Simply Well blog. “It bolsters imagination, teaches decision-making skills, logic, relieves stress and improves self-confidence.” In the blog post, Dr. Richmond weighs the benefits of play time over screen time following the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 release of revised media use guidelines for school-aged children. According to the AAP, unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group.