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What Is Recreational Therapy?

What is recreational therapy?

Recreational therapy contributes to the broad spectrum of health care through treatment, education, and the provision of structured recreational opportunities. These factors are instrumental to improving and maintaining physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning; preventing secondary health conditions; enhancing independent living skills; and improving overall quality of life. Recreational therapists help people get better and/or experience healthy recreation and leisure activities by guiding them through goal-oriented, structured recreation activities.

What does a recreational therapist do?

Recreational therapists use structured, treatment-driven activities based on goals set for people receiving recreational therapy. These activities are designed to be enjoyable so that the person is motivated to get better and stay better. Recreational therapists might also focus on activities that help the person to socialize with others, enjoy recreation alone, or simply enjoy life. Recreational therapy is driven by the idea that people should enjoy their therapy while they work to get better and feel happy.

Where do recreational therapists work?

Recreational therapists are trained to work in a variety of healthcare, community-based and non-profit settings. You might find recreational therapists working in:

  • Hospitals or rehabilitation facilities alongside occupational, speech, and physical therapists
  • Facilities specific to the aging population, such as nursing and long-term care facilities
  • Community parks and recreation departments
  • Private practice

Where can I learn more about recreational therapy?

You can explore the field and connect with recreational therapists at iamarecreationaltherapist.com.