Recreation therapy is a planned, organized, and therapeutic recreation program designed to help patients develop social skills and learn to participate in leisure group activities. The focus of recreational rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities or illnesses involves the following:
Programs are designed to meet the patients' capabilities, needs, and interests. The recreational therapist may guide or instruct patients in the following areas:
Recreation therapists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:
Recreation therapists are graduates of an undergraduate program in therapeutic recreation, and many are certified in their specialty.
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