Therapy and Play: A Closer Look at Therapeutic Recreation

What is therapeutic recreation? How is it beneficial to my child? These are just a few of the questions that many questions have.


Therapeutic recreation is type of therapy technique used to help children with special needs develop their cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. This can help children with a wide range of needs! This technique values the idea of learning through play. Recreational Therapists help children gain independence and enhance their overall well-being through various leisure activities such as sports, music, dance, games, arts and crafts, community outings, swimming and more. Recreational Therapists help identify what the strengths and needsof the child are and develop or suggest activities based on these needs.

Therapeutic recreation allows your child to develop the skills they need and have fun while doing it!

Want to find out more about therapeutic recreation and how it can benefit your child? Check out Therapeutic Recreation Ontario’s website!

Want to know where you can go to get your child involved in therapeutic recreation? Check out these links:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 

Therapeutic Recreation andLeisure @ Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitaiton Hosptial

Therapeutic Clown Program @ Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Learning through play at the Ronald McDonald Playroom,  Centre for Arts , and Aquatics @ Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Greater Toronto Area Programs 

Toronto Inclusive Recreation Guide

Camps, Swimming, Recreation, Music/Drama/Art Programs, and more!

Three to Be Community Resources 


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