Therapeutic Recreation :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation uses activities to treat children who have a physical, mental or emotional disability. It is a form of active treatment that works to improve the functioning of kids disabled by trauma or disease. Through play activities, children are helped to adjust to daily living and enjoy social contacts.

Our Clinics

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Main Campus
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

Why Therapeutic Recreation?

There are many reasons children benefit from Therapeutic Recreation:

  • Adaptive recreation skills
  • Adjustment to disability
  • Attention, memory, perception, orientation
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory functioning
  • Chemical dependency education
  • Community resource education
  • Developmental leisure skills
  • Diabetes exercise education
  • Leisure education
  • Physical conditioning and exercise activity
  • Pain management
  • Recreation participation
  • Socialization
  • Stress management/ coping skills
  • Time management
  • Wheelchair skills training


Patients will:

  • Improve their physical, mental and emotional wellness through education, treatment and peer interaction
  • Identify past/current/future leisure interests to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Learn valuable life skills for successful integration into home, school and community-based activities

contact info

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Main Campus
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Clinical Lead: Melissa McMillen, CTRS
Phone: (614) 722.8635

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