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Tina Brown
Discussion 2
Fri Feb 8, 2013 9:16am
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The topic I am considering is associated with recreational therapy. I want to discuss the history of rec. therapy, including its organizations, legislations, and treatment processes. I would like to use this topic to inform the reader, and expand my own knowledge, about how recreational therapy became a popular treatment option for people with illnesses and disabilities. I am interested in this topic because recreational therapy is my intended major and I am currently in a class that is discussing the history of recreational therapy. The historical aspect of recreational therapy is thought-provoking and I think it is important to understand more about what direction the profession is taking so I will be better prepared for the coursework and studies that are ahead of me. Also, I want to make sure that I inform the reader about what recreational therapy is and the current roles it plays in society. For example, I would include in my paper that recreational therapists use recreation as an intervention or prescription for people with illnesses and disabilities.

In order to expand my knowledge in the history of rec. therapy, I will have to ask a wide variety of questions about the initiation of the profession and its growth up to date. First, I will have to find out who began thinking of recreation as an intervention or more importantly, who decided to take the initial step to help improve the lives of others? Throughout history, individuals with disabilities and illnesses were discriminated against, thought of as “less human”, and were not allowed to contribute to society. Today, such assumptions are still found and I would like to inform the reader about these things in an effort to eliminate them. Next, I will ask who began the first therapeutic recreation and recreational therapy organizations, why they formed, and what success each organization had. Finally, I will discover were the profession of recreational therapy is today and what processes therapists are using to facilitate people. The spectrum of information I can find may date back as far as Aristotle but most of the information I will use will come from the mid-1800s to the 1990’s, including interesting inserts from both world wars.

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