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Benefits of Recreation Therapy
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Increase physical well being (weight management, diabetes, and hypertension)
Increase strength and endurance using a variety of treatment modalities
Positive coping strategies for management of unwanted behaviors
Decrease anxiety
Increase knowledge of community resources
Decrease social isolation
Improve social functioning
Development of new leisure skills
Increase independence in leisure functioning
Enrich spiritual development
Enhance creative expression
Breaking down barriers for cultural expression
Improve leisure time management
Independent recreation participation

Recreation therapy should be included as a viable option to meet the needs of consumers with disabilities. Ultimately, the availability of managed healthcare options, which respond to the unique treatment of the need of individuals with disabilities, will prove cost-effective. Inclusion of a comprehensive system that responds to individual healthcare consumer needs will reduce the length of hospital stay, reduce hospital recidivism, and maximize on the productivity of the individual. Recreational therapy has been and should continue to be included as an effective treatment discipline in the provision of quality, cost-effective healthcare services.

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