Recreational Therapy



      Recreation is a form of activity therapy used in most psychiatric settings
It is a planned therapeutic activity that enables people with limitations to engage in
recreational experiences
·         To encourage social interaction
·         To decrease withdrawal tendencies
·         To provide outlet for feelings
·         To promote socially acceptable behavior
·         To develop skills, talents and abilities
·         To increase physical confidence and feeling of self worth
·         Points to be kept in mind
·         Provide a non-threatening and non-demanding environment
·         Provide activities that are relaxing and without rigid guidelines and time frames
·         Provide activities that are enjoying and self satisfying
      Motor forms:
Hockey, football, volley ball, cricket, dancing etc  
Sensory forms:
      they are either visual like looking at motion pictures, play etc or auditory such as listening to concert.
      Intellectual forms includes activities such as reading, debating and so on
Suggested activities
·         Anxiety disorders: Aerobic activities like walking, jogging
·         Depressive disorder: Non-competitive sports like jogging, walking, running, etc
·         Manic disorder: one-to-one basis individual games like shuttle badminton, tennis etc
·         Paranoid Schizophrenia: activities requiring concentration like chess, puzzles   
·         Catatonic Schizophrenia: social activities to give patient contact with reality like dancing, athletics
·         Dementia: crafts
·         Childhood and adolescent disorders: playing, story telling and painting for children; sports and games for adolescents

·         Mental retardation: walking, dancing, swimming, ball playing etc



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