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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is an allied health profession which focuses on improving a person's quality of life in the following five domains: physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual, with an emphasis on leisure needs through activity interventions.

Imagine! uses community based therapeutic recreation in all of our School Age Services and in a select number of our Adult Services. Our TR services implement a community based approach, using the community as our classroom and teaching daily living skills and independence with real life scenarios.

The unique element to Imagine!'s TR services is that we offer an ongoing regimen of activities and adventures, six days a week/year round, which in turn provides ongoing growth and enjoyment.

Positive Instruction

Every interaction and activity is intended to teach, heal, or simply validate our participants' experiences. Language is powerful! We emphasize one's abilities rather than instructing what they should not be doing.

Community Based

Our TR services are offered in the community to help promote independence, to teach how to access community resources, and to improve social skills and self sufficiency. In addition, the community at large is educated on how to interact with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Individual Plans

Our therapeutic team creates an individualized plan for each participant, allowing us to address daily living goals and protocols. Direct care instructors implement the plans during the activities and debriefs with the therapeutic team after each shift.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Imagine!'s Therapeutic Recreation team is led by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) who have demonstrated professional competence by acquiring a specific body of knowledge, and passing the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam.

Our team employs a scope of practice that is based upon theoretical constructs and applied methodology, and addresses a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Each certified recreational therapist will assess the needs of each participant and create goals specific to each individual.

Our team of CTRSs use their training and education to ensure that we offer the highest quality of service possible in a therapeutic framework.


Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation

Abilities & Overall Health

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Mobility
  • Balance
  • Range of motion


  • Freedom of choice
  • Freedom of participation
  • Freedom to access the community
  • Recreational pursuits

Skill Acquisition

  • Opportunity to learn new skills
  • Conversation and social skills
  • Motor skills

Quality of Life

  • Make healthy choices
  • Managing stress
  • Advocating for one’s needs and wants
  • Social opportunities


One feature that sets Imagine!’s services apart is our capacity to accommodate a variety of transportation needs. Accessing community venues can be challenging for someone with a disability, which is why Imagine! offers safe and fully accessible transportation to and from each activity.

Everyone has the ability to...

  • Learn
  • Communicate
  • Have Opinions / Preferences
  • Desire Friendship
  • Have Complex Emotional Lives
  • Contribute to their Community
  • Value their Culture and Language
  • Comprehend their Environment

Learn more about Therapeutic Recreation at Imagine!

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