Healing Children Through Play
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
- 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
- Strength endurance
- Stress management/coping skills
- Time management
- Wellness training
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
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
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
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
- The Heart Center
- General Pediatrics
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (Rumination/Bariatric)
- Hematology, Oncology & BMT
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.
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.