Therapeutic recreation is a skilled service that is offered to clients on an individual basis or group setting within the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s.  The purpose of therapeutic recreation is to improve health and well-being through leisure-based activity.  Clients receive a full evaluation and an individualized treatment plan specific to recreational therapy to assist in their successful community reintegration.  Services are provided by professionals who are trained and certified, registered or licensed to provide therapeutic recreation.

Types of Individual Therapy

Our De-Stimulation Program features specially built rooms that include a blend of lights, sounds, textures and aromas. The environment is filled with fascinating visual displays that surround and absorb. Gentle vibrations soothe the body, creating a relaxing environment to:

  • Express difficult thoughts
  • Decrease hyperactivity and reduce stress
  • Decrease injurious or self-stimulating behaviors
  • Increase attention span and concentration

Discharge Planning

Community Reintegration

Community Reintegration discharge planning seeks to have each child use skills learned in treatment back in his community.   Specialists help youth explore healthy interests by connecting them with community resources. Each child is involved in the community reintegration process.

Community Outings

Community outings are provided, based on privilege level, on a weekly basis to various places in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area. Youths may visit places as an incentive or as part of their individual behavior plan.

Outings are an opportunity to:

  • Explore the community
  • Experience new places that can be revisited after discharge.

Types of Group Therapy

The following group therapy programs are offered to all residential children and adolescents. Youth are chosen for programs based on the consensus of the treatment team and their individual assessment needs.