What Is Recreational Therapy?

Recreational therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses activities to improve a person's psychological, emotional, and mental health and well-being. It targets parts of our brain to make sure it’s functioning as well as it could be, and through a carefully crafted therapeutic process, targets physical, cognitive, social and emotional functioning. St. Anthony’s Behavioral Health Hospital is here to provide you with more information about recreational therapy. Reach out to us today!

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What Does It Entail?

Recreational therapy can be just about any recreational activity that is used with a purpose of targeting the mental health and well-being of a patient. Some of the most commonly used strategies are through arts and crafts, games, dance and body movement, music, and sports. Performing these activities in a controlled setting helps patients get the full benefit of the therapy.

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Who Can Benefit from Recreational Therapy?

Almost anyone can benefit from recreational therapy, though St. Anthony’s Behavioral Health Hospital specializes in helping seniors make the most of their elder years. Whether it’s for patients to learn new social skills with group sports, replenish memories with music therapy, or dance classes to help with fitness and mobility, we offer recreational activities suitable for everybody.

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Different Types of Recreational Therapy

There are many different types of activities that can be used in recreational therapy, and one of the biggest benefits is that the treatment is completely individualized to the patient’s goals, tastes, and enjoyment. Treatments are supposed to be fun, while also offering benefits to their mental health and well-being.

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What Are Some Benefits to Recreational Therapy?

Recreational therapy can benefit patients in a variety of ways. The therapy is outcome-based so results are clear and tangible. Depending on the type of activity, some build social skills in group settings and allow patients to interact with one another, while also focusing on their individual skills and independent functioning.

Recreational therapy is a vague term that can mean many different things. If you’re interested in having your loved one join this type of therapy, call us today at St. Anthony’s Behavioral Health Hospital and we can discuss how we can help them heal!

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