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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.
Last Revised: June 26, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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