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Recreational Therapist

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.

After recreational therapists complete their undergraduate work, they can be certified through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current as of June 26, 2013

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Last Updated: June 26, 2013
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