Exercising the Mind & Body

Tyrese enjoys working on his soccer skills during Rec Therapy Research proves that physical activity benefits both the mind and body. Of course, when you like what you’re doing, it can be a lot of fun–and a great way to meet people.

These are all goals Tyrese set for himself through Recreational Therapy. Every Thursday, he and Rec Therapist Ieesha Arnold head to the YMCA or Incrediplex (especially during the winter months) or outside during the warmer months to get in some physical activity.

This week, they were working on their soccer skills and played a pick-up game of volleyball, which gave them a chance to meet some new people.

As Tyrese would say, it’s definitely a fun way to meet your goals!

There’s plenty of science behind the fun.

Recreational Therapy is designed to restore a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, promote health and wellness, and reduce any limitations on living a fuller life. By utilizing various activities, Recreational Therapy can improve physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning and increase independence.

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Rec Therapy can work on all areas of motor, social and cognitive function. It also:

  • Is tailored to the needs and goals of the individual
  • Builds confidence and coping skills by boosting emotional health and self esteem
  • Offers one-to-one attention, support and encouragement
  • Enhances cognitive skills
  • Improves fine and gross motor skills
  • Prevents decline in physical, cognitive and psycho-social function

Our Rec Therapists are certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation to incorporate the designated skills into the activities you choose and like to do. Activities often include creative arts, sports, dance, drama & adventure programming. By offering a creative outlet, Rec Therapy can reduce secondary disabilities and promote overall health.

Please contact us if you’d like to learn more!