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Recreational & Play Therapy
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Recreational therapists plan and direct leisure activities for individuals with disabilities or mental illness. These leisure activities can be a myriad of things, including arts, music, sports, movement, dance, play, and exercise. While it might seem like these activities are ones someone could do for themselves, recreational therapy, also called therapeutic recreation, addresses the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of an individual. It is very similar to other therapies, such as physical or occupational therapy, because it has those same goals. Through activity and coaching sessions, recreation therapists can help guide a child through leisure activities to achieve an overall healthy life.
The need for leisure for parents and children with special needs is great. They need the respite and skills as they age. As children with special needs grow into adulthood, they need to have good leisure skills in place to prevent boredom or depression when their school services run out. Recreation therapy skills are essential for independent living. Research suggests the people who live active lives are happier and healthier. Recreation therapy improves quality of life and productivity for individuals with special needs.
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