Provided and written by Sherri Nelson, Practice Leader, Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation month in February is dedicated to enhancing public awareness of recreation therapy programs and services and to expanding recreation and leisure opportunities for people with disabilities.
Recreation therapy is based upon a holistic framework that focuses on all aspects of improving an individual’s health and functioning. Recreation therapists and recreation co-ordinators provide service to individuals experiencing limitations in life activities and community participation or forced leisure time as a result of a disabling condition, illness, aging and developmental factors, including those at risk. Recreation therapy is an essential service that focuses on health promotion by modeling positive lifestyle change, balance and healthy coping skills.
During a typical day, a clinical recreation therapist may respond to physician orders for assessment and treatment, conduct individualized assessments and working collaboratively with recreation co-ordinators, provide individual and group based interventions to address their client’s or residents’ goals. An important part of recreation therapy’s role is verbally processing intervention experiences with clients and residents to enhance the impact the activity experience has on achieving treatment and quality of life goals.
“Where there is a will there is a way,” applies to recreation therapy. Practitioners work to identify their clients or resident’s interests, capabilities and adaptive approaches required to complete an activity successfully. Time spent with recreational pursuits decreases opportunity for boredom, depression, loneliness and frustration, while providing a greater sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Recreation therapy is all about helping our clients and residents make the most of their lives.
Recreation Therapy Services is hosting a public awareness event at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre on February 14, 2017 (1:30 to 4:00 p.m.). The primary goal is to raise awareness of recreation therapy’s role in working with individuals with a variety of disabling conditions. The afternoon will include interactive demonstrations and information centers that highlight and celebrate the work we do in acute care, long term care and community.
Please take the opportunity to recognize recreation therapy staff working in your area. For more information on the profession, contact Sherri Nelson, Practice Leader, Recreation Therapy at 306-655-1071 or email@example.com.