Therapy does not have to be all work and no play. Through Therapeutic Recreation, patients build upon physical skills from other therapies, resume previous recreational interests, learn new ones, and move forward on the path of mental and emotional healing through different leisure activities. These benefits are very important to the recovery process and your whole being because they allow you enjoy the activities you love and just be yourself. You also have the chance to meet new people, many of whom face the same challenges you do. Inpatients and families can explore various fun and therapeutic opportunities through music therapy, art therapy, animal-assisted therapy and recreation activity programming
What makes Therapeutic Recreation at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab unique?
- Animal assisted therapy
- Using accessible Chicago Transit Authority trains and buses
- Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program
- Exploring accessible activities such as movies, cultural events and outdoor recreation
Our therapeutic recreation staff works closely with you and your loved ones to help find activities and events that match your interests and help you meet everyday needs (for example, commuting on the train or safe money handling).