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Recreational therapists are health and rehabilitation professionals who provide treatment
services and recreation activities to people who have disabilities or
illnesses. They are also called therapeutic recreation specialists.
Recreational therapists use arts and crafts, animals, sports,
games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings to help people
who have disabilities and illnesses. These activities not only help people be more independent but also reduce the depression,
stress, and anxiety caused by being disabled or ill.
After recreational therapists complete their undergraduate
work, they can be certified through the National Council for Therapeutic
Current as of:
October 18, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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