Connections Therapy Center offers Recreational Therapy services, which promote social engagement, health and wellness for all ages and all levels of physical ability. These services and programs are facilitated by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), and trained recreation aides. We are the leading therapy practice specializing in serving children and adolescents with special needs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Working with children and adolescents with special needs is all we do, and we are the very best at it.
Recreational Therapy is designed to help develop or strengthen children and adolescents’ love for play and teaches them about a variety of concepts related to health including exercise, well-balanced eating, building relationships, and safety throughout the community.
A recreational therapist will use recreational therapy interventions and techniques, which may include:
- Behavior modification
- Cognitive retraining
- Family interventions
- Guided imagery
- Leisure education
- Play/therapy skills
- Sensory stimulation
- Social skills training
- Stress management and relaxation
- Community integration
Why Recreational Therapy is Important
Part of our holistic approach to therapy is taking steps to improve the overall health and happiness of a child. Recreational therapy uses a child’s interests in play to help them begin to apply the functional improvements they achieve in therapy to real world aspects of their lives. This leads to improved outcomes, as children and adolescents begin to practice therapeutic activities outside of therapy sessions. In addition, recreational therapy adds activity and exercise to the child’s routines, improving their overall health.
Examples of Recreational Therapy Services
Usually involving hiking or walking in a natural setting with a therapist, nature therapy can reduce stress levels and increase self-awareness.
Using music to improve motivation can improve a child’s results in fine motor manipulation, conversational exchanges, verbal requests and eye contact.
Art therapy can be useful in developing self-awareness and social skills to manage emotional issues and behavior. By using a child’s innate creativity, art therapy can enhance the child’s mental and physical well-being.
Dance or Movement Therapy
The physical challenge and sensory integration of dance therapy can seem less like therapy or exercise and more like play, by allowing the child to express their creativity through movement and music.
Gardening has proven cognitive, memory, and socialization benefits, as well as physical benefits like improved fine motor coordination and muscle strengthening
Connections Therapy Center offers recreational therapy to children and adolescents with special needs in northern Virginia, Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.