Recreational therapists, also known as "therapeutic recreation coordinators," are responsible for quality patient care by overseeing the planning, directing, and coordination of treatment-based programs for a variety of patients, including those with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.
Recreation therapists provide treatment services to restore and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and/or independence in regular activities. Reducing patients' physical limitations is done through a variety of activities, such as sports, trips, social activities, and arts and crafts.
Aspiring recreation therapists must be able to work well with a wide range of people with different disabilities, injuries, and illnesses, and they often work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical institutions. Therapy may be held for entire groups or in one-on-one sessions, though the ability to work in large multidisciplinary groups is essential for this position. They should also be able to adapt their knowledge for individual patients and their lifestyles.
Recreation Therapist Tasks
Instruct patients in activities and techniques designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
Develop treatment plan with varied interventions based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy.
Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
Encourage patient with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and promote leisure activities.