Campaign: Education

Mandate Recreation Therapy in Schools

Mandate Recreational Therapy in All Schools

Recreational Therapy (RT), although a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, is underutilized in the school system due to ignorance of its scope of practice. RTs are nationally certified/licensed health professionals who provide services aimed at the successful integration of individuals into the community. Because of this ignorance, RT is under prescribed within the school system, schools do not regularly employ RTs, and parents of children with disabilities don't know to ask for this service. This needs to change. Mandate that RT be a regularly "considered" therapy in the development of all IEPs to increase access to this vital service. For more information about the value of RT in the school system, please contact Dr. Heather R. Porter at hporter@temple.edu.

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