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Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration
What is Therapeutic Recreation?
A service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities to promote health and wellness as well as to reduce or eliminate activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.
What are Therapeutic Recreation Specialists or Recreational Therapists?
Healthcare providers, working in hospitals, residential facilities, schools and communities, who use recreational interventions and community activities for improved functioning and wellness of individuals of all ages who are experiencing illness or disabling conditions.Watch I Am a Recreational Therapist on YouTube!
Who do Therapeutic Recreation Specialists Work With?
Individuals of all ages having disabilities who require health and educational services provided in geriatric, mental health, addictions, general medicine, physical medicine and developmental disabilities settings.
Make a difference as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. . .
Therapeutic Recreation Specialists improve the physical health, psychosocial skills, cognitive abilities, and community involvements of individuals with disabilities.