Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. These therapists use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being.
- Job responsibilities: assessment of patient treatment progress, design programs to meet patient treatment goals, document patient activities and progress, and instruct and coach patients through activities.
- Important Qualities: compassion, interpersonal skills, and observational skills
- Notes from Guy:
- Quote: "As a recreational therapist, one of the good things about being so close to your patients and seeing them everyweek is you get to develop a rapport. You get to know the patient."
- Rewards: Seeing someone doing something for the first time
- Advice: Try to gain expirience in as many life activities and do a job shadow.