Recreational Therapy in action- RA 142


Life can take a 360° turn in a matter of
moments. This is Maria; she was always happy, loved
taking walks, and interacting with people. Until she suffered a traumatic brain injury
after a car accident. Due to this injury, she had short term memory
loss. This changed her life, forever. She no longer spoke, had no sense of direction,
and developed depression. I received a call about someone wandering
around at the local park. I found her sitting on the grass, playing
with the leaves. I asked her a few questions about herself. And, she refused to look at me or answer. After much persuasion, she accepted to go
to the facility. After assessing the situation, I came up with
a plan to restore the vivacity. I decided to implement the cognitive theory. First, I gave her directions to work with
colored blocks to gain back the sense of direction. Next, I instructed her to play a memory game
until she found all of the matching pairs. After that, I had her walk in the treadmill
to remind her how much she enjoyed walking in the park. She made significant progress and after three
months, she developed self-determination and enjoyment enhancement. As recreational therapists, our purpose is
to help our patients rehabilitate by restoring their independence and reducing any disabilities or illnesses. We provide interventions by creating objective
activities that target strengthening and improvement in our patients. Recreational therapists don’t sit behind a normal desk, we are very active, and every day is a different, exciting experience. For people looking into the recreational therapy
profession, ATRA is a good source and a good start. Their mission is to empower recreational therapists
and they provide information in the different types of credentials.

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