Therapeutic Recreation Support Program

What is Recreational Therapy?

Recreational Therapy also known as Therapeutic Recreation is a process that systematically utilizes recreational modalities, leisure, and other strength-based approaches to address the needs of individuals with disabilities or illness to promote independence for a person’s overall quality of life. Recreational Therapy (RT) embraces the health and well-being component through the enhancement of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development so individuals may participate fully and be independent in life. Recreational Therapy is provided by qualified professionals known as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). In the state of North Carolina CTRS’s also must obtain a Licensure, through the North Carolina Board of Recreational Therapy Licensure (NCBRTL). 

How can I receive Recreational Therapy Services?

Therapeutic Recreation Support (TRS) is implemented by Licensed and Certified Recreational Therapist and occasionally students studying to become Recreational Therapist. The process of Recreational Therapy involves an assessment of an individual’s needs, planning interventions, implementing services, evaluating interventions based on client’s progress and documentation of the services provided also known as the APIED process. 

Individuals who receive Recreational Therapy can benefit from: 

  • Increasing fine and or gross motor skills
  • Increasing social interactions
  • Increasing balance, stability, and mood 
  • Reducing the effects of primary and secondary disabilities
  • Builds confidence
  • Increase motor function and reasoning abilities
  • Decreases stress, anxiety, and depression

Interested parties can pick from the following two options:

Register for TRS Winter Sessions: (November and December)

Select Instructional, select Therapeutic Recreation

TRS Challenger Sports:

The TRS Challenger Sports Therapy will be delivered by interns studying to become Recreation Therapist. A Certified and Licensed Recreational Therapist on staff will assist. 

To be eligible to receive therapy the parent and or guardian will need to first register the participant for either Big 3 Challenger Basketball (Jan – March) High Point Challenger Soccer (May – June) or Challenger Flag Football (September - October) 

Once registered the ASPIRE staff will send an email to see who is interested in receiving therapy. A minimum of one or maximum of two clients will be selected and others will be placed on the waiting list. 

Once the therapy request from the parent or guardian has been received, an e-mail from the intern will be sent to complete the TRS Intake Form. If an individual has already received therapy by a previous intern, they do not need to complete a new intake form, the intern will call for any updated information.