chapter  6
Recreational Therapy Program for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury
ByMark Sell, Gregory J. Murrey
Pages 17

The evolution of therapeutic recreation is a direct result of the value placed on it within various medical rehabilitation programs for different disability groups. Since leisure is often viewed as play without tangible work and is often equated with unproductive activity, its worth has often been dismissed in the therapeutic setting. However, research on the benefits of recreational therapy has dispelled the concept of low value. Recreational therapy has the same foundation as any traditional therapy program and has benefits in every facet of human recovery from trauma or illness. Recreational therapy can also have a positive effect on a client's perception of locus of control. Through recreational therapies, traumatic brain injury patients are provided an environment and opportunity for naturally calming activities. The recreational therapist plays a critical role in assessing the patient's abilities and deficits while in the community. In consultation with the treatment team, the recreational therapist can develop both individual and group work-trial programs and opportunities.