All proceeds generated from the event go to support Shepherd Center's Recreation Therapy Program.
One of the best ways to adjust to lifestyle changes caused by a disability is to participate in meaningful recreation activities. Research shows that positive recreation time can increase healthcare and physical fitness, self-confidence, development of skills and competence, social interaction, quality of life and overall well being. Recreation Therapy provides patients an opportunity to participate in activities that challenge expectations and stereotypes.
The goals of the program are to improve physical, cognitive, and/or social functioning and to return the individual to as independent, active and healthy a lifestyle as possible. These goals are achieved through leisure counseling/leisure education, leisure skill instruction, and community reintegration.
At Shepherd Center, each patient admitted to an inpatient or day rehabilitation program is assigned a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) as part of the treatment team. The CTRS determines when and at what level Recreation Therapy services are appropriate. The CTRS will set functional goals based on the individual's interests, needs, and abilities.
Leisure Counseling and Leisure Education is provided to individuals or in-group sessions where individuals learn about and discuss issues relevant to having a disability. Topics can include, but are not limited to, community accessibility issues, problem solving techniques, disability rights and laws, self-advocacy, stigma management, societal attitudes and stereotypes, how to handle discrimination, assertiveness, air travel and other transportation options, the value and benefits of recreation, the meaning of wellness, time use change after a disability, time management/ use after hospital discharge, community resources, and recreation resources.
Leisure Skill Instruction is provided to individuals or in-group sessions where individuals explore past or new recreation interests. The person with the disability learns how to pursue these interests through the use of adaptive equipment, adaptive techniques, activity modification, and/or a variety of resources. Last year, the Recreation Therapy Program served 4,426 people through 23 programs/activities in the inpatient, day and outpatient programs.