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Hawke's Elevator Pitch - What is Therapeutic Recreation

by admin published Mar 12, 2015 11:50 PM, last modified Aug 13, 2015 01:00 PM
For a class assignment by Professor Emily Messina, PhD, CTRS/R in the RCLS 440 Professional Issues in TR, we were required to create, memorize, and present on video (in one take) a 30 to 120 second "elevator speech" about "what is therapeutic recreation / recreation therapy". Here is Hawke Robinson's attempt...

PDF link: RCLS Professional Issues Elevator Pitch Hawkes Robinson 20150312c
Audio link: MP3:
Text from PDF below:

Therapeutic Recreation applies methodologies to recreation & leisure education and activities, designed to improve the quality of life and overall functioning of participants, through intervention modalities that address the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of clients.

TR is an established health profession with a holistic approach to promoting the important connection between health and recreation education and participation.

This use of recreation & leisure from a biopsychosocial approach to wellness, assists clients in developing skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement.

Participation in recreation therapy programs utilizing adapted recreation & leisure activities helps to restore, remediate, and rehabilitate clients to reduce or eliminate limitations to participation in life situations caused by illness or disabling conditions. This allows them them to generalize therapeutic outcomes into their lives after the healthcare team is no longer involved, resulting in greater health maintenance over time.