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Therapeutic Recreation uses leisure and recreation to either maintain or improve the quality of life for individuals of all abilities.
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A CTRS is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist which is the qualified provider for Therapeutic Recreation Services. An individual who obtains their certification has received their bachelors degree, has completed a formal internship and has passed the national certification exam.
For the participant, inclusion is being invited to typical opportunities with family and friends and being welcomed as an equal participant, and having the necessary support in place to be successful. For the provider, inclusion is an ongoing process. This process involves identifying steps to take to include and support a person with a disability within any recreational programming
Inclusion support can be requested in one of two ways, either by answering "yes" to the registration question asking about inclusion support or you can email Kate DeAngelis the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist to request inclusion support for a program.
To promote independence we do not allow parents to act as the support staff for their children in program. Therapeutic Recreation programs are staffed with individuals who have completed training under the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and are qualified to support participants within program. Staff members will support participants 1:1 or through group support. In other programs, inclusion aides can be requested to provide 1:1 or group support.
ABA therapists and Direct Support Professionals may be eligible to support a participant in program after the family has contacted the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has completed the necessary forms.
As a part of the intake process, the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist may ask to speak to your child's teacher or view their IEP to gain more insight on your child's behaviors, learning styles and more. The information found in IEPs or provided by the teacher can help the TRS plan for supporting your child within the program.
Programs, camps, athletic teams, and recreation opportunities designed specifically for, and only open to, individuals with disabilities
Changing or modifying activities to increase independence and participation. Adaptations can be made in three areas: Equipment, Rules and Methods, and Instruction Aides.