REC 100-Tuesday October 30, 2012
Professor Leean Ferries
Leisure and Recreation: Basis For Professional Practice
• Understanding leisure and recreation as they relate to health
• Achieving optimal health and highest possible quality of life
Defining Recreation Therapy
• “Refers to the specialized application of recreation and experimental activities or inter-
ventions that assist in maintaining or improving the health status, functional capacities,
and ultimately, the quality of life of persons with special needs”
• Measure change, the client must be different from the first time they saw them.
Therapeutic Recreation: Illness and Wellness
• Recreation therapists has a variety of functions dictated by needs of clients
• Achieve or maintain health and well-being
• We want clients to learn, adapt and grow
What is Therapeutic Recreation?
Isn’t all recreation therapeutic?
• A process that uses functional intervention, education and recreation participation
To enable persons with disabilities to acquire and.or maintain skills knowledge or
To enjoy leisure optimally and function independently
What is Involved in TR?
• Functional Intervention
An aquatics program designed to address loss of energy and frequent fatigue
• aIdentifying leisure barriers, learning social skills, learning new leisure skills that in-
clude physical exercise and stress management • Recreation Participation
• Providing activities that provide a sense of competency , mastery, control, and
• Therapeutic Recreation Ontario
• Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Certification
• The Recreation Therapy profession recognizes the right of all citizens to have access
to and the freedom to choose recreation and leisure opportunities
• their physical, financial, developmental, emotional or social challenges OR the bar-
riers imposed on them by society at large
As part of advocacy, Recreation Therapy is committed to educating society about the
rights and capacities of all citizens to participate in recreation and leisure
Making Ontario Accessible...
• About 1.85 million people in Ontario have a disability= one in seven people
• Over the next 20 years as the population ages, the number will rise to one in five On-
• Over 47% of people over the age of 65 have disabilities
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
“Purpose of this Act is to benefit all Ontarians by developing implementing and enforcing
accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities