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Recreational Therapy

At Strive Recreational Therapy Services, we are committed to enhancing quality of life. Strive provides groups and individuals with recreational therapy opportunities within their own community. Strive serves those injured in an auto accidents, injured in a work-related accident, and anyone with a disability. Our services also greatly benefit the geriatric population, students requiring Individualized Education Plans, wounded veterans and organizations and businesses looking to increase their services to those with disabilities. Strive truly helps bridge the gap between the hospital setting to their home and community.

Strive helps to advocate for individuals with disabilities as well as implement programs of interest, provide consultation and independently contract Recreational Therapists throughout Michigan. Both Strive Recreational Therapy Services and Strive Inc., it's non profit counterpart have been successfully running since 2003. We continue to offer many programs and services that are often lost once a patient returns home with their injury.

Hidden Benefits of Recreation PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:44

Hobbies can provide physical therapy, stress relieve, mindfulness
Ms. Suzanne Ovel

When Ronnie Bernardo steps into the kitchen, she immerses herself in the art of cooking, in focusing on the people she is feeding, and in all the senses that putting culinary creations together engages her in.

"The feeling is like all of your senses are alive -- you put the colors in there, the texture, just everything," said Bernardo, a sergeant with Charlie Company. "It's art; cooking is an art, and when you present it, it's something beautiful."

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 16:47
Recreational Therapy in the School System: Identified as Top Priority for Transitioning Youth with Disabilities PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 February 2014 22:51

Heather R. Porter, Ph.D., CTRS Assistant Professor • Temple University
Taken from ATRA Newsletter Fall/Winter 2013

In an effort to examine the impact of existing federal regulations and legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities, and to provide ideas on how to improve their transition outcomes (into post-secondary education, work, and independent living), an open online public call for comments was initiated by the Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) in May of 2013. The call was distributed to policymakers, service providers, advocates, youth with disabilities, and others. Dr. Heather Porter at Temple University received the call and posted the below comment in the online forum. The call was also posted on the ATRA list serve and an email chain was initiated to garner additional support for call:

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 14:39
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Promote Resilience and Reintegration PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 14:53

Written by Rory A. Cooper PhD

Sports and fitness are an integral component of the lives of military service-members and are ingrained in the military culture. When a service-members becomes severely wounded, it requires adjusting to a new perception of self as well as altered relationships with others. The building of resilience and successful reintegration, whether remaining in the military or transitioning to civilian life, requires developing physical and psychological adaptive strategies. Sports and recreation are tools that can be very effective in promoting physical and mental health, and for building healthy relationships. While, military and veteran treatment facilities have used sports and recreation to promote rehabilitation and reintegration for nearly 100 years; the scientific evidence has only recently started to accumulate that suggest the benefits and support guidance for program development..

Figure 1:  Veterans competing in the NVWG.

Figure 1: Veterans competing in the NVWG.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 15:10
The Lowdown on Recreation Therapy PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 January 2014 03:57

Effective use of leisure time

Written By Matt Gold, CTRS
reprinted with permission from
NEW YORK CITYVOICES - All rights reserved.

Recreation Therapy, also referred to as Therapeutic Recreation, is a treatment modality that utilizes recreation and leisure services to assist people with disabling conditions, including people with mental illness. The goal of Recreation Therapy is to "restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability" (American Therapeutic Recreation Association, 1987). There are several models of practice for recreation therapy, but all see functional independence as the ultimate outcome of treatment. Recreation therapy was recently recognized as the Allied Health Profession of the Month for July, 2004, by the Health Professions Network.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 January 2014 04:06

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