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Introduction

What is Recreational Therapy?  Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.  The purpose of the RT process is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in order to facilitate full participation in life. Services are provided or directly supervised by a “Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist” (CTRS).  Recreational therapy includes, but is not limited to, providing treatment services and recreation activities to individuals using a variety of techniques including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings. Recreational therapists treat and help maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients by seeking to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety; recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities; build confidence; and socialize effectively. Recreational therapists should not be confused with recreation workers, who organize recreational activities primarily for enjoyment. Learn more at TR at Texas State HHP.

This guide was designed to help you find library resources related to Therapeutic Recreation and also outlines many services Alkek has to offer you. Alkek Librarians are available to help you via Ask-A-Librarian. The TxState Writing Center is available for help with writing skills and has various online resources and services. SLAC also has excellent Documentation Guides. Alkek Library also has information about a variety of Writing Styles.

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Getting Started | Background Information | Reference Material

Reference Material in the form of subject dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks typically provides background essays, definitions, broad overviews of various topics, or other pertinent facts. Sage eReference: Health & Social Care

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