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Mandate Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy (RT), although a cost-effective covered service in

>IEPs, is under utilized 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.

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