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Recreational Therapy

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Therapeutic Recreation is a specialized therapy service that is provided to individuals with disabling conditions, illness, or injury. The goal of recreational therapy is to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate functional leisure skills to individuals with specific needs. Recreational therapy services are unique and specialized to provide individuals with access to recreation opportunities that help support, improve and advance overall health and well-being, thereby improving overall quality of life.


Recreational Therapists

Recreational therapy services are provided by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). A CTRS requires a bachelor’s degree or higher through an accredited university and passing of the national certification exam through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Recreational therapists provide access to a fulfilling leisure lifestyle through meaningful activities at home or in the community and that incorporate the emotional, physical, cognitive, and sensory needs of various individuals. Certified therapeutic recreation specialists (CTRS) work in acute hospital care, psychiatric facilities, physical rehabilitation, neuro-skill centers, and home/community based treatment programs across the country. The CTRS plays an important role in today’s healthcare arena. 


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