What is Recreation Therapy?

Simply put, recreation therapy uses recreational activities to help our patients improve their quality of life.

According to ATRA, a "recreational therapist utilizes a wide range of activity and community based interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of their clients. Recreational therapists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. The therapist works with the client and their family to incorporate specific interests and community resources into therapy to achieve optimal outcomes that transfer to their real life situation."1

"Recreation therapy uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with various illnesses, disabilities and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life."2


  1. Recreation therapy seems like a really good idea! Sometimes what people really need is to get out and participate in activities they are interested in. I think recreational therapy can really make a difference in a person's life!
    Claudia Rosenburg | http://www.reccare.com/

  2. Awesome information regarding recreational therapy. This is something I would love to get into. I recently graduated with a degree in exercise science and think recreational therapy would be something fun to do while I apply for graduate schools.

    1. Casey,
      Check out Temple University's Masters in Recreation Therapy Program; see http://cph.temple.edu/rs/therapeutic-recreation-program/masters-science-recreation-therapy