Can the playground provide mental health moments?

For many, the playground provides fond childhood memories.

Games of tag at recess, playing on the monkey bars, swinging so high it seemed we could touch the clouds.
These memories may be filled with laughter, fun, and imagination, but we also learned valuable life lessons. For better or worse, how we interact with our peers can be learned through play.
Cooperation, sharing, creativity, team building, taking turns, communication, and conflict resolution can all be developed on the playground.


Marc Atkins

Marc Atkins PhD

Dr. Atkins is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also directs the Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program for UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Re ...