What is Recreational Therapy?
Recreational Therapy services utilize a variety of activities, community based interventions and techniques to meet physical, social, emotional & cognitive needs individual to your child. Rec Therapy helps kids develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement.
All interventions are carried out after an in-depth assessment and are designed to meet the child's needs while catering to their current interests: music, art, sports, the outdoors, etc.
Social/emotional needs: interpersonal skills, self-expression, communication skills, leadership, interview skills, community involvement, friendship- building, team work, self-esteem/self-image, and more.
Physical needs: balance, coordination, fine motor, gross motor, and more.
Behavioral needs: coping skills, anger/frustration, anxiety, and more.
Cognitive needs: attention span, decision making, problem solving, and more.
What sets Rec Therapy apart?
According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association:
Recreational Therapy provides services that are based on the individual's interests and lifestyle which allows them to better engage in therapy and apply these functional improvements to all areas of their life.
Recreational Therapy is very individualized and each child has a unique program designed for them based on their interests/strengths. Using those strengths as a medium of therapeutic change as we work toward social, physical, emotional, and/or cognitive goals helps the child feel successful. (Private Therapy)
Recreational Therapy approaches with a focus on inclusion (Friendship Club) aim to give kids confidence, social support, knowledge of community resources and awareness of their strengths.
(Focus Groups) are a Rec Therapy approach offered in a small group atmosphere of peers with similar social skill needs; providing an environment which fosters social skill change as well as confidence and peer relations as they work toward goals together.