What is Recreation Therapy?

Ever think about the connection between health and recreation?

Consider this: children cope better with being hospitalized when given a chance to play.  People recovering from physical injuries or adapting to disabilities stay healthier longer when they are physically and socially active.  Older adults maintain a sharper mind and a higher level of social involvement when they recreate.  

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is an occupation that takes recreation and leisure very seriously.  It is an established health related profession committed to promoting the connection between health and recreation involvement.  It has a unique role in the health and human service system to promote recreation and leisure as a means to psychological and physical recovery, health and well-being among individuals with disabilities.

Recreation therapists use individual and group counseling techniques, leisure, recreation, and other activity-based interventions to maximize an individual’s functioning and promote quality of life.

– Temple University (https://cph.temple.edu/rs/therapeutic-recreation/what-therapeutic-recreation)

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