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Recreation Therapy, B.A.

The Seriously Fun Therapy
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Recreation Therapy

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Integrate an understanding of history, service models, theory/philosophy, ethics, credentials, professional conduct, evidence-based practice and professional development with recreation therapy practice

Demonstrate competence to individually screen, assess and systematically collect comprehensive and accurate data about patients/clients in an efficient and effective manner and to analyze the data collected to determine the course of actions subsequent to an individualized treatment/program plan

Demonstrate competence in the planning and development of individualized treatment plans that identify functional outcome goals, modalities, facilitation techniques and interventions based on assessment data collected and evidence regarding the diagnosis and treatment of specific medical, psychiatric and other disabling conditions; and in the use of structured, systematic and evidence-based treatment interventions and facilitation techniques to improve patient/client functioning and independence in activities

Demonstrate competence to implement the individualized treatment/program plan using appropriate evidence-based treatment interventions and programs to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate patient/client functioning as well as to reduce or eliminate the limitations to participation in the life activities resulting from medical, psychiatric, or other disabling conditions

Demonstrate competence in using specific modality/skills and facilitation techniques used as treatment interventions in recreation therapy practice

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Areas of focus during Recreational Therapy services include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving physical functioning (such as balance, strength and endurance) through activity participation, exercise and aquatics programs
  • Identifying resources within the community so the individual can actively participate in life activities including accessible facilities and adaptive sports
  • Teaching new or adaptive leisure skills and the use of adaptive equipment
  • Participating in community-based programs for socialization, support, physical fitness, and adaptive sports
  • Integrating back into the community and community activities following a disability or chronic illness
  • Promoting active aging, wellness, and healthy living

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Areas of focus during Recreational Therapy interventions include, but are not limited to:

  • Reducing depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Improving motor functioning
  • Increasing cognitive skills
  • Assisting to establish routines
  • Increasing tolerance and endurance for participation in life and social activities
  • Improving social interaction and skills
  • Enhancing coping skills
  • Maintaining strength, balance and endurance
  • Assisting with community integration after an illness or disabling condition
  • Promoting active aging, wellness, and healthy living

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Recreational Therapists design interventions and programs to assist students with disabilities in a variety of settings including:

  • Preschool, Elementary, Secondary, and 18–22-year-old Transition Programs (Public, Private, Residential, and Charter Schools)
  • Before and After school Programs
  • Extracurricular Activities and Programs
  • School-based Clubs and Organizations
  • Community Recreation Programs

When working with active military and veterans, the specific purposes of Recreational Therapy are to:

  • Restore physical and mental functioning
  • Facilitate home and community reintegration
  • Increase family functioning
  • Promote quality of life for veterans, service members, and their supporters
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