Therapeutic Recreation

Healing Children Through Play

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.

Therapeutic Recreation Benefits

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 Clinics

Therapeutic Recreation maintains both inpatient and outpatient clinics on the main campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as well as at other locations in Ohio. Please note the locations below and follow the links for maps and directions.

For clinic questions, call the main Clinical Therapies clinic number at (614) 722-2200.

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

Dublin Close To Home Center on Venture Dr.
5675 Venture Drive
Dublin, OH 43017

Westerville Close To Home Center on N. Cleveland Ave.
433 N. Cleveland Avenue
Westerville, OH 43082

Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition
Main Campus
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205

Our Services

Inpatient (Acute Care) and Outpatient Services

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 

Community-Based Therapeutic Recreation

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 Conference

Inspiring the Progression on Therapeutic Recreation Across the Lifespan

February 22, 2019 – 7:30 am to 4:15 pm

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Education Center

ATRA has pre-approved all conference sessions. CEUs provided will not be pre-approved by NCTRC; however, the individual CTRS may submit the CEUs to NCTRC for consideration in their individual recertification process.

Be a presenter at the conference and receive a 50% discounted registration rate! Call for Papers - Due August 31, 2018

Accepting submissions for presentations on the following categories:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Community
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Professional Development
  • Rehabilitation
  • School
  • Veterans
  • Other

Questions? Call (614) 355-0650

Our Leadership

Director of Clinical Therapies: James Marrie, PT

Inpatient Occupational, Physical, Recreation and Massage Therapy Program Manager: Teresa Hite Gueth, MS, OTR/L

Adolescent in Hallway

Empower Wellness and Recreation Program

Empower at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany takes place after school two days a week and offers adolescents the opportunity to learn more about their health and wellbeing.