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Photo submitted St. George Medical Clinic’s new Prescription for Play program will emphasize the importance of learning through play for patients aged 18-36 months. DUPLO brick kits and educational materials will be available during routine care visits at all primary care centers.

ST. GEORGE — St. George’s Medical Clinic (SGMC) is pleased to introduce the Prescription for Play program, an initiative that promotes learning through play for patients ages 18-36 months.

The program will be available at all SGMC primary care facilities.

This program is made possible through a collaboration between Community Health Center, Inc. and the Weitzman Institute and is managed by the Social Impact and Partnerships department of The LEGO Group and funded by The LEGO Foundation.

Primary care facilities will receive free DUPLO brick kits and educational materials for parents and patients to participate in routine visits of healthy children.

It is well established that play is important in supporting the healthy cognitive, physical, social, creative and emotional development of children. Play has been shown to be effective in mitigating the impacts of traumatic stress and supporting healthy development and a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics showed that playful learning is just as effective as traditional learning.

SGMC providers and staff recognize the importance of play to the overall health and well-being of their pediatric patients and are delighted to offer this program.

Parents of patients aged 18-36 months can expect their provider to discuss the importance of play for healthy development and different ways to play at their child’s next routine visit.

If you have any questions, please contact SGMC at 304-478-3339.

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