Occupational Employment Statistics
29-1125 Recreational Therapists
Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity. Excludes “Recreation Workers” (39-9032).
|Professional and Business Services||N/A||N/A
|Education and Health Services||320||$26.56/hr
- Confer with other professionals on client's treatment team to develop, coordinate, or integrate treatment plans.
- Instruct patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art, or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
- Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
- Encourage clients with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting leisure activities, such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and gardening.
- Gather client information from sources such as case documentation, client observation, or interviews of client or family members.
- Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
- Develop discharge plans for patients.
- Teach art therapy techniques or processes to artists, interns, volunteers, or others.
- Sing or play musical instruments, such as keyboard, guitar, or percussion instruments.
- Design art therapy sessions or programs to meet client's goals or objectives.