Recreation Therapy (or Therapeutic Recreation) is a health promotion profession that uses recreation and leisure to maintain or improve physical, social, emotional and cognitive functioning for better health outcomes. At it's core, Recreation Therapy is person-centered and builds upon the individual's strengths, and works at reducing barriers or any limitations the client may have.
Recreation Therapy is evidence-based, meaning specific interventions, or programs, are grounded in research. Ultimately, Recreation Therapists work with their clients and families to produce meaningful goals in order to achieve measurable outcomes. Throughout this process, Recreation Therapists help their clients rediscover their sense of joy and purpose.
Every program offered is evidence-based and is adapted to suit the needs and abilities of the client. Here is a selection of recreation programs that clients can find joy and rediscover their sense of purpose.
-Chair 1 exercise program
-Variety of active games
*Benefits include Improving or maintaining gross motor skills, coordination, circulation, reduce stress, reduce falls risk, strengthen muscles and bones
Social and Emotional Wellbeing
-Baking and cooking
*Benefits include decrease social isolation, improve fine motor skills, emotional regulation, improve memory and concentration, increased energy levels
-Card and board games
*Benefits include improve or maintain memory, concentration