Recreation Therapy

Recreation therapy utilizes activity-focused interventions and the therapeutic relationship to support clients towards individualized goals related to improving overall quality of life.

  • Holistic, strength-based approach
  • Play-based teaching and coaching
  • Focuses on social empowerment, inclusion, and self expression
  • Individualized, one to one treatment utilizing a variety of different activities, including art, play, music, sports, community activities, games, creative dramatics
  • Home and Community Based Service
  • Medicaid Waiver Funded
  • Services provided by nationally certified Master’s prepared Recreational Therapist

Goals often addressed

  • Increase confidence & engagement
  • Develop self-expression strategies & identify individual strengths & interests
  • Increase leisure education & community engagement
  • Reduce symptoms related to mental health diagnoses
  • Explore adaptive techniques & activities to promote individual empowerment & inclusion in community and leisure activities
  • Engage in emotion processing through therapeutic activities
  • Develop natural supports in the community
  • Explore activities to support coping
  • Improve self-regulation & emotion regulation strategies
  • Develop social & friendship skills, as well as confidence in these skills
  • Develop healthy emotional, physical, & expressive outlet
  • Water safety and basic swimming skills
  • Connecting with the community via activities and programs
  • Activity-based therapeutic support related to motivation, anxiety, emotion processing, and social confidence 

Meet Our Recreation Therapy Team

Mari Shawcroft, MA
Mari Shawcroft, MAAssociate Director of
Kim Shepard, CTRS, MPH
Kim Shepard, CTRS, MPHRecreation