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Recreational Therapy


Southwestern provides recreational therapy to kids and adults affected by Traumatic Brain Injury, cerebral palsy, senior care needs, autism spectrum disorder, and other special needs. Our recreational therapists work closely with patients to restore and improve loss of motor, social, and cognitive functioning. This is done along with promoting patients to build self-confidence, develop coping skills, and how to use the skills learned in treatment in their daily lives.  Some examples of recreational therapy services include dance, music, sports, outdoor activities, and reading.

Recreational therapy involves rehabilitating a patient's independence and daily functioning. Southwestern's recreational therapy aims to promote health and well-being by addressing a patient's activity restrictions due to illness/chronic condition. Recreational therapists improve a client’s cognitive, physical, emotional, and social functioning, in addition to helping patients break down barriers to independence and true relaxation.

What are the Benefits of Recreational Therapy?​

Physical Benefits

  • Focused on mobility

  • Boost strength

  • Restore physical functionality

  • Reduce tension

  • Improve energy levels

  • More restful sleep

Psychological Benefits

  • Increase in independence

  • Improvement of self-conscience

  • Promoted enhancement to endurance

  • Socialization improvements

  • Positive reinforcement

  • Community Involvement

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