Therapeutic Recreation at Center for Life Skills – Ithaca College

Therapeutic Recreation at Center for Life Skills – Ithaca College


[MUSIC PLAYING] It’s so rewarding
to work with people who have different
disabilities and improve their quality of life. The Center for Life
Skills is a program for people in the community
who have experienced stroke, and also a place for therapy
students from Ithaca College to practice their
skills clinically. We’re fortunate enough
to work in this space at Longview, which is
an independent living facility for seniors. This is a safe environment. When the students are here
working with their patients, they’re supervised by a
clinician 100% of the time. The students represent four
main different departments, which is recreational
therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy,
and physical therapy. We’re really trying to
break down the barriers and build bridges
between the therapies. Working with
different disciplines and formulating our
therapies together and our goals together
benefits the participant. A recreational
therapist is a person who oftentimes works with
people who have disabilities, and we use recreation and
leisure as a means of therapy. [MUSIC PLAYING] In bocce ball, that’s fun,
because both of my participants were interested in the
activity and did it when they were younger. But they were also working
on their effective arm. One of my participants was
working on her grip skills with it. I’m at a really unique position
here as a program manager that I can see a real
growth between the students and the participants. And they’re working on
their interpersonal skills, their professional skills,
how they can adapt or modify activities or programs to
meet the needs of the clients. In therapeutic recreation,
we assist participants to look at their leisure
interests, their strengths, and what goals they
are working on. And then we plan programs to fit
those strengths and interests and goals. And then we
implement those plans by actually running the
session or the program. With evaluation, we determine
if the participants have met their goals,
and then you decide what the next step is to take. I have become very passionate
about therapeutic recreation. Going through the process myself
in these different fieldwork experiences has
motivated me, and it helped me discover what I
wanted to do with my life. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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