Recreational therapists are health and rehabilitation professionals who provide treatment services and recreation activities to people who have disabilities or illnesses. They are also called therapeutic recreation specialists.
Recreational therapists use arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings to help people who have disabilities and illnesses. These activities not only help people be more independent but also reduce the depression, stress, and anxiety caused by being disabled or ill.
Certification for recreational therapists is not currently available in Canada. But recreational therapists in Canada may be certified through other organizations, such as the U.S. National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation