Recreation Therapy Services


The Recreation Therapy Model at Woodstock Hospital

Major Components - Functional Intervention, Leisure Education, Recreation Participation 

Recreational Therapists

Our Purpose

"Enhancing Life Through Meaningful Activity"

Recreation Therapy is all about making time fulfilling instead of just filling time. Recreation Therapy is designed to assist individuals in achieving a satisfying leisure lifestyle. Recreation Therapy services utilize recreation and leisure pursuits as a means for:

  • Functional Intervention – To improve functional ability in one or more of the health domains (physical, emotional, cognitive, social etc) through the use of leisure. For example increasing fine motor functioning through the use of Art, Computer, Cards.

  • Leisure Education - To educate individuals about the skills and resources required to participate in recreation and leisure pursuits

  • Recreation Participation - To provide recreation and leisure opportunities that are designed to foster independent functioning within the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains.

Services are a combination of the patient’s specific leisure needs,roleofthe Recreation Therapist and the projected patient outcomes for the Recreation Therapy intervention.

Benefits of Recreation Therapy 

Recreation Therapy plays an important part in both patient recovery andenhancingqualityoflife.  A qualified Recreation Therapist can assist patients in making leisure choices that are best suited to their needs,interestsandstrengths.  

For example - Recreation Therapy contributes to increased physical, cognitive, social and emotional functioning and overall well-being.  Recreation Therapy provides leisure education/counsellingandfacilitates community re-integration for in and outpatients.

Recreation Therapists work in the following program areas at Woodstock Hospital: 

  • Complex Continuing Care
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health
How does the Recreation Therapy process work
  • Referral to Recreation Therapy
  • The Recreation Therapist conducts an assessment of patient's abilities, interests, needs, desires and identifies barriers.
  • Patients identify their Recreation Therapy goals. 
  • An intervention plan is designed to achieve goals and is part of the overall treatment plan.
  • The Care Plan is put into action.
  • Progress is evaluated to determine how well a patient is meeting their goals and to revise the plan, if necessary. 
  • Follow-up.
Interventions at Woodstock Hospital

Interventions are one to one,smalland/orlargegroup; take place in patient’s rooms, lounges, computer room or library, and in the community. Interventions can be physical, social,emotionaland/orcognitivein nature. Along withtheassessmentanactivityanalysis is done to determine which interventions are most suitable for the patient or group.

E.g. Yoga, boccia ball, walking, horticulture, swimming, music, creative arts, word/number puzzles, cards, games, computers, pet therapy, sensory stimulation, leisureeducationcounselling,communityintegrationandtransportation. 

Volunteers / High School Co-op Students

... are essential components to the success of Recreation Therapy Services.

 If you would like to volunteer or complete required educational placements with our service, please call the Volunteer Coordinator.  

Recreation Therapy interns

... are welcomed and supported by Recreation Therapy Services. 

 If you would like to complete your placement or internship at Woodstock Hospital please contact Director of Therapy and Woodstock Rehab Clinic: Sean Willis. 

Online Resources

Therapeutic Recreation Ontario

Therapeutic Recreation Directory

American T. R. Assoc.

Coalition of Child Life and T.R.

Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Assoc.

Idyll Arbor   

Venture Publishing & T.R. Resources

For more information, please contact:

Sean Willis

Director of Therapy and Woodstock Rehab Clinic 

519-421-4211 extension 2231


Updated: February 2017