From Lego to Pokémon-Go: how does play help children cope with chronic diseases?
Play is of vital importance for healthy development. Therefore, it is essential to learn more about the role of play in various aspects of child development and disease. Suppressed play in chronically ill children may negatively impact their social, cognitive and emotional maturation. Conversely, stimulating play in these children may help to prevent or alleviate persistent negative consequences of their illness.
Chronic illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis, juvenile arthritis and cancer negatively impact children’s physical, behavioural and cognitive development, beyond the actual illness itself. Some of the long-lasting residual effects these children experience may be the result of impaired play.