and leisure aspects of a victim and survivor’s life. Recreational therapists achieve this by helping victims and survivors develop
skills that enhance their everyday lives. The goal of recreational therapy is very much like the goals of other rehabilitative therapies—to improve functioning and the quality of life. However, the ways in which they achieve these goals differ from other therapies. By using activities such as sports,
Recreational therapy helps victims and
survivors develop skills that enhance their everyday lives.
gardening, arts and crafts, social interaction, nature study, games, aquatics, and expressive arts, recreational therapists meet the victim and survivor’s needs, capabilities, and interests. Family members and caregivers are also an integral part of the treatment planning process. Recreational therapists tailor treatment plans based upon a victim and survivor’s past, present, and future interests and lifestyle. Alternative Therapies Music Therapy
Music therapy has been present in the United States for more than fifty years and has received growing support from the medical community. Music therapy is a clinically based intervention designed to help individuals with motor skill development, social/interpersonal development, cognitive development, personal growth, and spiritual enhancement. Art Therapy Another type of therapeutic intervention that is growing in popularity is art therapy. Art therapy can help victims and survivors achieve developmental, emotional, and cognitive growth. Art therapists believe that the process of creating and talking about art provides victims and survivors with tools for self-awareness, coping, and stress management.
Music therapy has received growing support from the medical community.
Art therapists seek to provide people with tools for self- awareness, coping, and stress management.
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