How Recreational Therapy Helped The Military Most Of All During The Twentieth Century

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During this global movement, the word “recreational therapist” was made by the Menninger brothers. The Sisters of Charity from Quebec also had a big part in this global movement for recreational therapy in 1893. These sisters had their own asylum, which was different than a regular asylum at this time. The Sisters of Charity had parks and gardens around their building, to which all patients had access. They incorporated dancing, music, games, reading, and picnics into their daily schedules. In 1937, the first radios was placed in hospitals and prison. The radios played the normal: music and news, yet this simple installment had a huge impact on the patients (Wallot). In the twentieth century, the American Red Cross hired its first recreational therapist in 1931 (“The Recreational Therapy Professional”). Recreational therapy helped the military most of all during the early twentieth century. In 1918, the Veterans Administration started using recreational therapy for the wounded military. In the VA, the type of therapy started in the branch of Rehabilitation Medicine Service (“A History of Recreational Therapy of the VA”). But soon, recreational therapy developed their own system within the VA. At the time, Dr. Howard Rusk was the head of the Veterans Administration, and he agreed with the idea of recreational therapy. He recognized that recreational therapy cut down the time at the hospital and decreased the need for medication. Dr. Rusk once said, “We in the…

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