Recreational Therapy Case Study

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Brief Overview of Meeting A Recreational Therapy Meeting was held at the Indian Golf Course in Arvada on Thursday the 7th at 9am. There were multiple TR representatives from several districts including Fort Collins, Denver, Aurora, Wheatridge, Arvada and Boulder. The main discussion of the meeting was about the events and programs that were going on in each district. Each representative took turns sharing what events and projects were going on in their organization.
Fort Collins is working on spreading information for transition students through “Passport to Recreation”. They are trying to make inclusive programs more popular where seniors ages 50+ are included with younger participants in activities. Denver’s program is
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It was encouraging to see the leaders of each district emphasize inclusion in schools, because I have seen the benefits of it in action. I worked as a paraprofessional in a high-school last year, and I witnessed the huge impact it made on my students. There were several student helpers who assisted the special ed students with the extracurricular activities like PE, prom and art class. It was interesting to see the difference it made in a lot of my student’s attitudes towards their school work. It not only benefited the students with special needs in developing new friendships and learning new things, but the student helpers benefited through broadening their views and accepting others for who they are. Beyond activities in school, I hadn’t realized that there were so many programs and opportunities for such a wide range of ages and disabilities. Several of the districts who are involved with NSCD take their participants on road trips to be involved in adaptive activities like rock climbing, hiking, paddle-boarding, dancing, skiing, camps and several different outdoor adventure trips. The participants are also heavily involved in the Special Olympics like volleyball, flag football, bowling, gymnastics and several other sports. The adaptive programs that are available for this population are …show more content…
Most of the discussion was about camper registration and scholarships for campers who couldn’t afford to go. Because of different management guidelines and the rules of each district, the effect of ADA guidelines impacts the process of camper registration. For example, it is not technically legal for a camp to put campers with disabilities on a wait list. In some districts, they are not allowed to put a permanent cap on the capacity of campers for each summer camp because of this. Unless the ratio of camper to counselor/staffer becomes a safety problem or the over-abundance of campers causes a drain on the city’s budget, they are required to make the cap flexible to allow more campers in. Also, camps aren’t allowed to refuse a camper unless their behavior has caused a threat to the safety of other campers or staff members. Several camps have had instances where parents have withheld behavioral information about their child/adult with disabilities out of fear that their child won’t be allowed into camp. This fact has obviously caused problems. I used to volunteer as a counselor for a disabled camp in Missouri during the summer. I had one camper who was nonverbal and had severe behavioral disorders. I was not equipped to handle her outbursts and behavioral issues. While I had some information about her behavioral problems, I wasn’t aware of any strategies or crisis management techniques that would’ve

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