How Does Recreational Therapy Differ From Occupational Therapy
Recreational Therapy (RT) embraces a definition of "health" which includes not only the absence of "illness," but extends to enhancement of physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure development so individuals may participate fully and independently in chosen life pursuits. The unique feature of RT that makes it different from other therapies is the use of recreational modalities in the designed intervention strategies. RT is extremely individualized to each person by his or her past, present and future interests and lifestyle. The recreational therapist has a unique perspective regarding the social, cognitive, physical, and leisure needs of the patient. Incorporating client's interests, and the client's family and/or community makes the therapy process meaningful and relevant. Recreational therapists weave the concept of healthy living into treatment to ensure not only improved functioning, but also to enhance independence and successful involvement in all aspects of life.
AREAS OF Services
Before the assessment will start a consultation will be complete before services will begin. This will include meeting the therapist with the child and parent to discuss goals and challenges. A questionnaire assessment or functional assessment will administered after which will measure certain areas of your child's abilities. These areas are fine motor, gross motor, social skills, cognitive skills, sensory integration and emotional regulation. It is highly recommended for the child to complete an assessment but is not mandatory.
Results will be analyzed from the assessment and a intervention will be created by therapist for your child. The intervention will be reviewed every 6 weeks to evaluate if any changes need to be made. Areas of the functionality that may be included with in the intervention are gross motor, fine motor, social, emotional and cognitive.