Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy

Fun, games and progress

Recreational Therapy is a wonderful thing; enabling a child to laugh, play, engage and, in the process, make real progress. Our therapeutic recreation specialists use activities to reach many inpatient treatment goals:

  • Increase strength
  • Improve range of motion
  • Improve function
  • Build relationships
  • Improve confidence
  • Enhance the ability to achieve independence
  • Provide a connection to the community

How recreational therapy works

All of our therapies and treatment plans are highly individualized, and therapeutic recreation is no different.

After receiving a physician’s referral, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) will assess the patient thoroughly to understand his or her interests, abilities and activities the child likes or dislikes. Using that information, the therapist can create a treatment plan that will attract and hold the child’s interest; sometimes this means using current favorites, sometimes it means introducing new ones.

Recreational therapy can be provided through one-on-one, group, or community therapy sessions which can include:

  • Community integration
  • Adapted sports
  • Leisure education
  • Social skills
  • Multi-sensory exploration
  • Pet therapy
  • Aquatics

Out and about

Community outings are big part of recreational therapy. While these outings are fun, they also provide a great opportunity to develop mobility, social skills, decision-making and safety awareness. What’s more, getting outside and experiencing community parks and play areas makes the journey home that much smoother.

Music therapy: Creative, fun and highly successful

At The Children’s Institute, we have first hand experience in the power of musical therapy. And through it, we’ve seen patients achieve remarkable personal growth and enhance their ability to reach their goals.

Here, music therapy provides patients with wonderfully creative and progressive opportunities, such as songwriting, adaptive music lessons, therapeutic singing and instrument play, as well as music improvisation.

When used with other therapies and treatment plans, music therapy can empower and motivate, it can support physical exercise, promote self-control, and even, help a patient manage pain.


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