Therapeutic Recreation :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Therapeutic Recreation

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists use a unique skill set designed to help children, teens, young adults and their families develop and use leisure in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life.


Children benefit from Therapeutic Recreation for many reasons:
 
  • Adaptive bike evaluation
  • Adaptive recreation skills
  • Adjustment to disability
  • Animal assisted therapy
  • Attention, memory, perception, orientation
  • Assertiveness training/communication
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory functioning
  • Chemical dependency education
  • Community re-entry
  • Community resource education
  • Developmental leisure skills
  • Diabetes exercise education
  • Leisure education
  • Physical conditioning and exercise activity/fitness
  • Pain management
  • Recreation participation
  • Socialization
  • Strength endurance
  • Stress management/coping skills
  • Time management
  • Wellness training

Our Services

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Physician referrals are required for inpatient and outpatient care.

We partner with many departments and programs to offer therapeutic recreation services, including, but not limited to:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Burn
  • The Heart Center
  • Endocrinology 
  • General Pediatrics 
  • Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (Rumination/Bariatric)
  • Hematology, Oncology & BMT
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics 


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We offer community-based therapeutic recreation at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. This six-week program takes place two times per week for 60-90 minutes after school.

Physician referral is not required. Please click here to learn about available services and associated fees.



Therapeutic Recreation Contact Info

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000