Recreational Therapy

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation."

- Plato​

What is Recreational Therapy?

"Recreational therapy is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery, and well-being."

- American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

Therapeutic Areas of Focus

Recreational therapists at New Leaf purposefully utilize recreation interventions (i.e. games, sports, social outings, etc.) with the intent to assist individuals with various needs and abilities to achieve and maintain their highest functioning level by focusing on the following areas:

Physical

The ability to have the body systems function efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively during both work and play.

Cognitive

The mental processes that lead to the acquisition of knowledge that allows us to carry out various daily tasks.

Social

The ability to create and enjoy healthy and meaningful relationships with other people in one's environment.

Emotional

The ability to respond in healthy and appropriate ways while coping with various feelings and emotions.

Independence

The ability to perform ADL's and enjoy life without the need for assistance, prompting, redirection, or cues from others.

Spiritual

The ability to live in harmony within oneself and with others, and to successfully find a meaningful purpose in life.

Therapeutic Interventions

Physical Fitness

Each client will have full access to Spiece Fieldhouse Gym while accompanied with their therapist. They will have access to treadmills, stationary bikes, workout machines, free weights, a sports performance area, and pools.

Group Outing Options

Group outings promote socialization and healthy relationship building. These include but are not limited to sporting events, amusement parks, concerts and musicals, Skyzone, laser tag, sensory friendly movies, museums, and festivals.

Cognitive Functioning

Board games, card games, multi-step crafts and activities, and obstacle courses are just some of the many interventions our clients engage in to address problem solving skills, concentration, memory, academic skills, and more.

Health and Wellness

Diet/nutrition awareness, healthy coping skills, and self care are some of the many areas we focus on. We have connections to dietitians, PT, OT, massage therapists, and other professionals for advice, input, and potential collaborations. 

Leisure Awareness

Some individuals have trouble coming out of their comfort zones to try new and exciting activities. Interventions we utilize to incorporate leisure awareness are card and board games, bowling, library visits, video games, mall visits, and more.

Aquatic Fitness

Clients accompanied by their therapist have access to a 25 yard lap pool and a therapy pool that is kept between 90-93 degrees year-round. These pools assist in building strength, increasing flexibility, relieving discomfort, and much more.

Adaptive Sports

Adaptive sports promote not only inclusivity but independence as well. Some adaptive sports our clients engage in with their therapist include but are not limited to wheelchair basketball, chair yoga, and sitting volleyball. 

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