At Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialists use various recreation and leisure activities as a form of treatment to restore or improve physical, cognitive, social, and emotional functioning. These activities will address the goals that the therapist has in place through leisure participation, education, and community re-integration. Therapeutic interventions may address one particular goal or attend to numerous goals simultaneously.
Therapeutic Recreation provides treatment services and recreation services to persons with illnesses or disabling conditions. The primary purposes of treatment services, often referred to as recreational therapy, are to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as to reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability. The primary purposes of recreational services are to provide recreation resources and opportunities to improve health and well-being.
Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education and recreation to help people with illnesses and disabilities to develop and use their leisure in way that enhances their functional abilities, independence and quality of life. (NTRS, 2000)
Leisure Participation and Education
To address various functional abilities, Recreational Therapists utilize intervention techniques to help patients regain dexterity, strength, range of motion, endurance, and mobility. Cognitive skills are also addressed to increase sequencing, memory, attention to task, visual-spatial skills and problem-solving skills. Recreational therapy provides opportunities to learn new skills, adapt old ones and enjoy new leisure experiences.
The purpose of leisure education is to assist participants in eliminating or reducing barriers to enjoyable leisure participation. It aims to prepare or enable individuals to enhance the quality of their lives through individually selected patterns of recreation and leisure involvement. Healthy leisure values and attitudes, adequate social interaction skills, knowledge of leisure resources and their utilization, and a sufficient base of leisure activity skills are all important prerequisites to a balanced and healthy leisure lifestyle.
Available Education Sessions:
- Adapted Leisure Resources
- Community Accessibility Resources
- Stroke Education
- Spinal Cord Injury Resources Education
- Amputation Resource Education
- Brain Injury Education
Community re-integration is part of the comprehensive rehabilitation treatment. Patients will be placed in situations that will test the skills learned during the rehab stay and apply them in a practical community setting while under the guidance of a therapist.
Take a further look at Recreational Therapy:
American Therapeutic Recreation Association
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
For more information about Recreational Therapy at Roger C. Peace, please call (864) 455-7711.
Recreational Therapy Internships
GHS’ Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital accepts interns from Clemson and Western Carolina universities. Click the links to learn more about internship opportunities and how to apply. Overview of RCP recreational therapy internships. How to apply for a RCP recreational therapy internship.