Fun Activities to Improve Life 

The term “recreation” covers more than just play time. Therapeutic Recreation (TR) helps children and adults engage in structured activities that are focused on education and on addressing social and leisure skills. Most important, TR at Cincinnati Children’s makes it possible for children and young adults with injuries, medical conditions, physical challenges, mental health needs, and/or developmental disabilities to engage in leisure activities that integrate them into family life and the community.

What Therapeutic Recreation Offers your Child

TR offers interventions for inpatients and for children in the residential psychiatric programs. These activities are directed by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) upon referral from the medical treatment team overseeing the patient’s care. The CTRS works with patients to restore social, motor, and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, encourage self-expression, and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings.

Therapeutic Recreation Services in Psychiatry

At Cincinnati Children’s, the CTRS’s are members of the psychiatric treatment teams in the Residential Treatment Center at the College Hill Campus. Therapeutic Recreation interventions include social and leisure skill acquisition, improving functioning in the community as well as coping/self-expression techniques. More information.

Therapeutic Recreation on Inpatient Units 

At Cincinnati Children’s, the CTRS’s are members of a multidisciplinary team on numerous inpatient units . Typical goals for Therapeutic Recreation interventions include improving physical and psychosocial functioning of each child/young adult served. Interventions include leisure skill acquisition, play skills, and teaching coping skills. CTRS also coordinates community reintegration and offer access to community resources based on individual needs.

Contact Us

For more information about therapeutic recreation at our College Hill Campus (Residential Treatment Center), contact Matt Schwendeman, OTR/L, in the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, 513-803-0841.

For more information about therapeutic recreation at our Burnet Campus (inpatient services), contact Rebecca Rogers, MEd, OTR/L, in the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, 513-636-0690.