Therapeutic Recreation | Kennedy Krieger Institute

Therapeutic Recreation | Kennedy Krieger Institute


Hi, I’m Sharon Borshay. I’m the Director
of the Child Life and Therapeutic Recreation Department. Our therapeutic
recreation department were actually child life and therapeutic recreation my
background is a therapeutic recreation specialist but the overall
goal of our department is to make it an easier adjustment for patients while
they’re here. It’s kind of rough to have to be a child and have to be in the
hospital so if we can make it any more normalized hopefully maybe even fun at
times that’s our overall goal and then within therapeutic recreation we’re also
working to address some of the rehab treatment goals that the patients are
here for. Our community outings we go all sorts of places but specifically the
trip to the aquarium that was a great opportunity. We had a lot of older teens
maybe a couple young adults that were on that trip and all of them are working on
different goals. I think the highlight of going on the outings for all of them is
just to get away from the hospital environment and be able to get back out
into the community and have a good time and be with others. So I think the outing
is such a very important part of our program. I think it’s an area again where
the patients are able to carry over what they’re working on and all the
individual therapies and I think just the fact that we develop a rapport with
them they feel more comfortable being with us again a lot of times where it’s
usually a social group environment and so they’re at a point where they’re more
comfortable and once they go out there usually hooked
and I think it really helps motivate them for the rest of their therapy. But a
lot a lot of what we do afterwards is maybe debrief how it went,
what their experience was, what was what were the things that they especially
liked and maybe what were some of the difficult things and our therapeutic
recreation program offers a lot of both one-to-one individual activities and
group activities so we really do a lot to engage the patients and work on their
not only their cognitive goals and physical goals but just their overall
social and emotional well-being.

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