Humans need to play. Research demonstrates that play promotes growth across developmental domains throughout the lifespan. As a child life specialist, I try to keep up with research and information that can help me advocate for an environment that prioritizes play as an integral part of the healing process. The scientific study of play is a growing field and one of the most influential academics promoting play today is Dr. Stuart Brown. I’m a big fan of Dr. Brown, and I was excited to find a TED talk to share on the blog. Enjoy the video and take away a few scientific justifications for a play-full weekend!