Recreational Therapy

Artist working on a painting

Having a little fun can have great benefits for people with disabilities after stroke.

Some patients see improved abilities physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally after recreational therapy – which can include art, dance, games and many other activities.

Recreational therapists choose activities in a safe, fun, non-threatening environment that helps people use new skills for work, social relationships and daily living. Activities that might work well for recreational therapy include crafts, music, drama, relaxation, horticulture, movement, volunteer activities and some sports.

One example might be guiding someone with short term memory deficits, fine motor deficits and poor endurance through the card game Concentration. The survivor would use his or her affected hand to turn the cards while standing.

For more information and to find trained, certified and licensed recreational therapists, visit the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.