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Therapeutic Recreation

 What is Therapeutic Recreations


Therapeutic recreation is the use of recreation bu qualified professionals (recreation therapists) to promote independent functioning and to enhance the health and well-being of people with illnesses and disabling conditions. Recreation is based on the simple premise that recreation has therapeutic value.


As recreation therapists, our primary goal is to teach individuals different ways they can enjoy their leisure time and to improve the cognitive, physical, emotional, spiritual and social skills. (Datillo 2000)

The Goals of Therapeutic Recreation:


Recreation has been found to have therapeutic benefits in:

  1. Physical health and health maintenance

  2. Cognitive function

  3. Psychosocial health

  4. Growth and personal development

  5. Personal and life satisfaction

  6. Societal and health care systems outcomes

Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation


Therapeutic Recreation Assessments


The first step to administer a recreation assessment, which assists the therapist in determining the strengths, needs and interests of an individual. The intervention plan is created with the needs of the resident in mind.


Past recreation history of the residents.

Current attention span of the resident

Current Social contacts of the resident

Socialization skills of the resident

Attitude of the resident toward leisure choices

The resident’s physical and cognitive abilities

An assessment includes: