Recreation Therapy

Having fun is a very significant and powerful activity when it comes to growth and healing. When used in the form of therapy, having fun can help people deal with their physical, mental, or emotional health issues. Through recreational therapy, a person will be able to experience a boost in quality of life, relearn skills, and forge stronger connections with others.

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What Exactly is Recreational Therapy?

Recreational therapy, also called therapeutic recreation, is the use of leisure activities to address the needs of a client with physical, emotional, or mental health issues. The purpose of recreation therapy is to help improve a person’s overall well-being, strengthen their emotional and mental health, as well as boost their skills.

Recreational therapy is supervised by a recreational therapist. They help individuals by setting achievable goals and preparing a recreational plan that suits the client’s specific needs. When putting together this plan, the therapist will always consider the interests of the client as well as the resources available to them both.

Recreation therapy can be done in various settings, such as schools, hospitals, inpatient or outpatient facilities, and correctional facilities. Activities include, and aren’t limited to, arts and crafts, sports, games, creative writing, drama, and cooking. These and more are viable techniques to help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; improve motor functions, as well as build up the client’s confidence.

Benefits of Recreation Therapy

The benefits of recreational therapy are all-encompassing and can impact a client’s self and life in many ways. Not only can treatment activities help with a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health recovery, but they can also help someone become a better person. Noted clearly, benefits include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Build up confidence
  • Recover basic motor function
  • Improve independence after an injury
  • Improve cognitive and physical abilities
  • Encourage building more social connections

What benefits are received by the client will depend mostly on the therapy plan created by the recreational therapist.

Domains of Recreation Therapy

A recreational therapist helps Innova Grace clients by assessing their needs and conditions within the five domains of recreational therapy. Once complete, the therapist can begin creating a recreational therapy plan. The five domains are:

Mental and Cognitive

The therapist will assess the client’s way of thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and how well they can take or handle stress.


The therapist will assess the client’s physical well-being. They will also assess and note the client’s strengths and weaknesses.

Psychological and Emotional

The therapist will assess the client’s emotions during trying situations and will take note of any positive and negative reactions.


The therapist will assess the client’s social ability and how they act when with other people, such as friends, family, or co-workers.


The therapist will assess the client’s beliefs. They will also see willing clients are to stand by their beliefs when asked about them.

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If you would like to take part in recreational therapy, do not hesitate to contact us. If you have any questions or concerns, we would be more than happy to help you in any way. All calls made to us Innova Grace are confidential.