About Recreation Therapy




About Recreation Therapy

What Is Recreation Therapy? 

Recreational therapy is the clinical application of recreation and play, education, and advocacy to restore, maintain, rehabilitate and empower people to improve their quality of life in physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of living. 

We help people of all ages of the human lifespan including pre-mature infants, children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and even those preparing to die. 

Often working as a member of a team, the Recreational Therapist uses a wide variety of modalities including: 

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Art Facilitated Therapy
  • Music/Dance Facilitated Therapy
  • Guided Imagery and Meditation
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Anger Management and Assertiveness Training
  • Social Skills Trainings
  • Cognitive Retraining
  • Sensory Training and Stimulation
  • Adaptive Sports and Games
  • Community Reintegration
  • Leisure Education and Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Stress Management and Relaxation Skill Development
  • T'ai Chi and Yoga
  • Aromatherapy
  • Pet-facilitated Therapy
  • Remotivation and Reminiscence
  • Values Clarification


Recreation Therapy is a service industry and it is also an important social justice field.


“People have the right to be included in recreation activities and have access to recreation facilities. Therapeutic recreation is about making accommodations, helping people to increase and maintain functional skills and enhancing their leisure opportunities and their overall quality of life” (Klitzing, 2012). See more here