Recreational therapy structures groups based on the six dimensions of wellness: emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and vocational. Clients will be encouraged to attend groups that will be designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities. The Recreational Therapy program will promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate activity limitations. Clients will be encouraged to utilize the gym, engage in team activities, and participate in group discussions about healthy living. Through the use of leisure education, recreation therapy will promote stress management, healthy coping skills, healthy social skills, and increase self- esteem. Yoga is also offered to provide mindfulness, relaxation and meditation.
HopeWay clients celebrated the arrival of fall by transforming ordinary pumpkins into works of art.
Leigh Spada, HopeWay's Recreational Therapist, used this seasonal tradition to help clients develop their social and team building skills. Clients were divided into groups with each group receiving one pumpkin. They were challenged to develop a theme, divide tasks among the group, and work together to execute their plan.
There were some truly creative candidates, but this year's winner was the Whale of a Tale pumpkin! (see picture below)
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