Recreational therapy, also known as therapeutic recreation, is a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the assessed needs of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions, as a means to psychological and physical health, recovery and well-being.
A number of recent studies confirm that ABA techniques are effective for building important life skills in teens and adults with autism. Many comprehensive autism support programs for adults employ and combine ABA techniques to help individuals transition successfully into independent living and employment.
For children with Autism, massage may provide relaxation, decreasing stress and calming muscle spasms. It can also help a child become more accustom to tactile stimulation and aid in body awareness as well as promote more on-task and social relatedness behavior. Massage may also decrease sleeping issues and increase trust and bonding with caregivers.
Individuals of all ages and all abilities can benefit from music therapy. Music therapy may help to promote wellness by managing stress, enhancing memory, and improving communication. Many additional studies have found that children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) respond well to music. Often, individuals with autism respond positively to music when little else is able to get their attention, which makes music a therapeutic tool.
For children and adults with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities, aqua therapy can provide physical and mental benefits when provided under the supervision of a certified, trained therapist. With guided therapy and the help of the water’s detoxifying and restorative properties, this type of therapy helps promote physical function.The buoyancy of the water allows patients to ambulate more effectively, making both anaerobic and aerobic exercises effective and safe for patients.