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Recreational Therapy


Jul 8, 2023

Reviewed by:

Ben Pearson, LCSW

"Recreational therapy utilizes purposeful activities and interventions to improve physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, helping individuals achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life."American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)


Recreational Therapy is an evidence-based approach that uses recreational activities to address the needs of individuals with various health conditions or disabilities. Its purpose is to enhance physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning, in order to promote overall well-being.


How Does Recreational Therapy Work?

  • Assessment: A recreational therapist assesses the your strengths, limitations, interests, and goals to develop a personalized treatment plan.

  • Activity Selection: Recreational activities and interventions are carefully selected based on the individual's needs, preferences, and therapeutic goals.

  • Therapeutic Intervention: A recreational therapist guides your engagement in meaningful activities by using adaptations to address specific areas of improvement.

  • Skill Development: The aim is to develop your physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills.

  • Evaluation and Progress Monitoring: The therapist evaluates progress and monitors your response to treatment.



Physical Benefits

  • Improved physical fitness, strength, and endurance

  • Enhanced motor coordination and balance

  • Reduced pain and discomfort

  • Increased energy levels and overall well-being