Therapeutic Recreation

Healing Children Through Leisure and Recreational Activity

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
  • Coping and life skills 
  • 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

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 

Therapeutic Recreation Conference

Inspiring the Progression on Therapeutic Recreation Across the Lifespan

February 22, 2019 – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Education Center

Link to Register:

Exhibitor Opportunities Available! Contact for more details.

Questions? (614) 355-0650

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Rohan Murphy from East Islip, NY

Rohan Murphy is a nationally recognized speaker who has spent his life motivating others through his actions and words. After losing his legs at birth, he was able to overcome various obstacles and excel as collegiate athlete and now motivational speaker. Rohan’s life story is a gripping tale of adversity, dedication and living life with a purpose. Rohan has been featured in many publications such as ABC news, Sports Illustrated, and Nike.

Professionals from across the nation will present on a variety of topics. A selection of this year's topics include:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Community Wellness
  • Geriatrics
  • Professional Development
  • Rehabilitation

Download Conference Brochure

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. 7 CEUs will be offered.

Our Leadership

Director of Clinical Therapies: James Marrie, PT