School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Recreation Therapy Featured Students

ERIN ELIZABETH MODE - Fall 2011 Graduate, University Honors in Recreation Therapy.
Erin's Honors Project: A Study of Recreational Therapists' Knowledge of 2010 CMS Guidelines in the MDS 3.0
In October 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 3rd edition of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) for use in long term care facilities. In the new MDS 3.0, recreational therapy is now identified as a skilled service. Recreational therapy services are still not billable with the new changes, but data are being collected by CMS to determine recreational therapy treatment usage. This study surveyed recreational therapists in NC who work in long term care to determine their knowledge of this change and their coding practices. The study found that only a small percentage of recreational therapists are offering active treatment and an even smaller percentage are coding for serrvices on the MDS 3.0. This study can serve as a foundation for further research on the topic and training of MDS 3.0 for recreational therapists. (Erin's faculty supervisor: Dr. Candy Ashton-Forrester)austinthompson

AUSTIN THOMPSON (right) Senior Recreation Therapy Major, introduced Dr. Cathy Barlow, Provost, at the Inaugural College of Health & Human Services Convocation in October, 2011.

CASEY SOLANO, current Recreation Therapy Student, on Hula Hooping
Casey Solano_hula hoopDuring my Assessment and Outcome Planning in Recreation Therapy class in the Spring, I was assigned a semester long project that allowed me to implement a personal intervention using the recreation therapy process of APIE (assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation). My professor, Dr. Johnson, with some hesitation at first, agreed to let me choose hula hooping as my intervention. I can remember the exact day I got my first hoop because since then my life has changed dramatically. The hoop soon became a part of me, I started to enter what fellow hooper's call "flow", the connection of body and mind through the circle. By the end of the semester project I had facilitated hooping with children and adults during Accessible Recreation Day at UNCW, performed at a sold out concert in front of over 1,300 people, and began making my own hoops to sell. I've hooped all over the East Coast this summer making a name for myself in the hoop community and passing the joy I have found in it to others. -Casey Solano

Casey plans to use hooping as a recreation therapy intervention for such outcomes as stress reduction, self-esteem, and coordination. You can see Casey hooping at:

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Recreation Therapy alumna,Leah Cox
furthers her education

I am a UNCW Recreation Therapy alumna (2009) currently attending graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill for a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology. The education that I received at UNCW encouraged me to pursue the helping profession of rehabilitation counseling and psychology because I can integrate my recreation therapy knowledge and skills to further help individuals with disabilities. Without my experience at UNCW, I would not have been as prepared as I was for graduate school, and my education here has and is continually opening doors for my future. Thank you UNCW Recreation Therapy! - Leah Cox