Recreational Therapy (RT), is a cost-effective covered service in IEPs, yet, to date, this service is under utilized in the school system. Typically the under utilization is due to lack of awareness of its
scope of practice. Recreational Therapists (RTs) are nationally certified/licensed health professionals
who provide services aimed at the development of functional skills aimed toward the successful integration of individuals into the community. Because of this lack of awareness and understanding of the role of Recreational Therapy, the services is under prescribed within the school system, schools do not regularly employ RTs, and parents of children
with disabilities are not aware that the services is an option. This disconnect is in need action. By more clearly mandating that RT be considered a standard therapy option in the development of all IEPs students with disabling conditions will be better served and generate the skills needed for effective transitions from school to work and community.
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