Term Recreational Therapy
Code RP-8000.7400
Definition Programs that help individuals with mental, physical or developmental disabilities, substance abuse disorders, chronic health conditions or other problems develop new interests, sharpen their social skills and gain a sense of self-achievement through a structured series of leisure-time activities which may include arts and crafts, dance, drama, music, sports, games, social gatherings and community outings. Therapy goals may differ for different populations, e.g., improved hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills may be desired outcomes for people with physical disabilities.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 1/12/10
Use References Recreation Therapy
Therapeutic Recreation
See Also References Rehabilitation/Habilitation Services (LR)
External Classification Terms Counseling (UW
Counseling (NTE F60)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (USA MH-500)
Specialized Therapy (NPC F07)
Related Concepts Disabilities
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Recreational Therapists", Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos082.htm (visited September 09, 2009).

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