Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Recreational Therapy

  • Jon RoseEmail author
  • Virginia A. Norris
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_423


Activity therapy; Recreation therapy; Therapeutic recreation


Recreational therapy is a treatment to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate functioning, as well as promote health and wellness and reduce or eliminate activity limitations and restrictions caused by illness or disability, thru purposeful avocational activity that is pleasing to the patient. Goals may also include reduction or elimination of the symptoms of an illness or disabling condition. Interventions are aimed at maintaining the well-being of the patient on physical, mental, and emotional levels. Information provision, enhancement of existing skills, and facilitation of new skills are primary components. Interventions include creative arts therapies; sports; therapeutic engagement with pets, horses, and other animals; and adventure and challenge programs.

Current Knowledge

Description: Provided by therapists across a variety of settings, recreational therapy continues to grow as a profession to meet...

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References and Readings

  1. American Therapeutic Recreation Association. (1999). Promoting independence in life activities. Retrieved on June 13, 2008 at from http://www.atra-tr.org/aboutarticle.htm
  2. Bedini, L. A., & Wu, Y. (1994). A methodological review of research in therapeutic recreation journal from 1986 to 1990. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 28(2), 87–98.Google Scholar
  3. Howard, D. (2007). Review of recreational therapy handbook of practice: ICF-based diagnosis and treatment. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 41(2), 158–163.Google Scholar
  4. Porter, H. R., & Burlingame, J. (2006). Recreational therapy handbook of practice: ICF-based diagnosis and treatment. Washington, DC: Idyll Arbor.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Spinal Cord Injury Clinic, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare SystemPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.San Quentin State PrisonSan QuentinUSA