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Rec 100: Lecture 9 - Therapeutic Recreation Complete Notes

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Recreation and Leisure Studies
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REC 100
Diana Parry

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Therapeutic Recreation: An Introduction REC 100: Tuesday November 1, 2011 Objectives of the Class o What is therapeutic recreation? What is involved in the process of therapeutic recreation? o What is the scope of practice for therapeutic recreation? o Why therapeutic recreation? o The brain and TR Attitude Survey about People with Disabilities It is harmful to expose people with disabilities to ridicule by encouraging them to participate in community recreation programs.  No, it is harmful if you DON’T expose people Attitude Survey about People with Disabilities All recreational facilities should be made accessible to people with disabilities.  Not only physical disabilities, but also mental/developmental disabilities, etc. The purpose of Recreation Therapy is to… enable all individuals to achieve quality of life and optimal health through meaningful experiences in recreation and leisure.  In Canadian charter of rights and freedom, all people are equal and should have every opportunity as everyone else What is Therapeutic Recreation? o A process that uses functional intervention, education and recreation participation  Some may need segregated activities in order to become comfortable with community activities o To enable persons with disabilities to acquire and/or maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours  Want to teach them new skills; trying to maintin them at the highest level possible for as long as possible (ex. those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, etc.) o To enjoy leisure optimally and function independently  We have to have the patience to allow people to do things at their own pace The Recreation Therapy profession recognizes the right of all citizens to have access to and the freedom to choose recreation and leisure opportunities regardless of their physical, financial, developmental, emotional, or social challenges OR the barriers imposed on them by society at large.  Most people with disabilities are on disability pensions, etc.  Society doesn’t provide opportunities We believe in the inherent capacities of individuals for personal growth, happiness and freedom. As part of its advocacy, Recreation Therapy is committed to educating society about the rights and capacities of all citizens to participate in recreation and leisure.  Usually don’t know what their rights are; TR becomes their advocate A Recreation Therapist utilizes recreation to… maximize independence and promote an optimal leisure lifestyle Using a collaborative approach, Recreation Therapy follows a… systematic process of assessment, goal- setting, program/intervention development, individual and group facilitation, processing, documentation, and evaluation  A.P.I.E. What is Involved in TR? o Functional Intervention o To maintain and/or improve functional abilities o Ex. if a down-syndrome girl goes around hugging strangers, people may say it is “cute”, but really it is not socially normal; no one else does it o Leisure Education o To teach or enhance recreation skills, knowledge and attitudes o Recreation Participation o To promote health and growth through recreation experiences o People doing things on their own What are the Techniques? o Assess strengths and limitations  TR focuses on abilities (not disabilities) and what people have (rather than what they lost) o Design program plans to suit needs/goals o Connect clients to recreational opportunities of interest o Provide education to individual/family, if necessary  Education to families and caregivers is crucial Therapeutic programs are designed to promote independent functioning within the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social domains, and to educate individuals about the skills and resources required to participate in recreation and leisure. Recreation Therapy practitioners help people develop strategies to… • Improve physical and cognitive abilities • Increase confidence and self esteem • Foster greater involvement in the community • Strengthen interpersonal skills and relationships • Improve coping and adaptation skills • Encourage a greater sense of accomplishment • Realize the benefits of a healthy
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