Recreational therapists help people who are injured to get active again. They use sports, games, arts, crafts, and music to help patients build confidence and get back into life. These therapists are not the same as the recreation workers who conduct games and pastimes for fun.
• Recreational therapists find out what patients need. They do this by looking at medical records and talking to other staff.
• They also listen to the patients and their families.
• They then make up a program to help the person.
Where and When:
• Recreational therapists often work in special rooms at hospitals.
• They might also work with clients on a playing field or in a swimming pool.
• They generally work a 40-hour week. This may include some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
What or Who They Work With:
• They may work with physical therapists and doctors
• Canoes or kayaks
• Pianos — Electronic keyboards
• Recreational rowboats
• Recreational sailboats
• Some work with horses
Education and Training:
• Bachelor's degree
• Must pass a special test
• Recreational therapists must be able to work with people with disabilities and have good physical skills.
- Art therapists
- Counselors (rehabilitation counselors)
- Dance therapists
- Drama therapists
- Music therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Orientation therapists for blind and visually-impaired persons
- Physical therapists
Related School Subjects:
• Health and P.E.