Recreation Therapy

Recreation therapy utilizes activity-focused interventions and the therapeutic relationship to support clients towards individualized goals related to improving overall quality of life.

  • Holistic, strength-based approach
  • Play-based teaching and coaching
  • Focuses on social empowerment, inclusion, and self expression
  • Individualized, one to one treatment utilizing a variety of different activities, including art, play, music, sports, community activities, games, creative dramatics
  • Home and Community Based Service
  • Medicaid Waiver Funded
  • Services provided by nationally certified Master’s prepared Recreational Therapist

Goals often addressed

  • Increase confidence & engagement
  • Develop self-expression strategies & identify individual strengths & interests
  • Increase leisure education & community engagement
  • Reduce symptoms related to mental health diagnoses
  • Explore adaptive techniques & activities to promote individual empowerment & inclusion in community and leisure activities
  • Engage in emotion processing through therapeutic activities
  • Develop natural supports in the community
  • Explore activities to support coping
  • Improve self-regulation & emotion regulation strategies
  • Develop social & friendship skills, as well as confidence in these skills
  • Develop healthy emotional, physical, & expressive outlet
  • Water safety and basic swimming skills
  • Connecting with the community via activities and programs
  • Activity-based therapeutic support related to motivation, anxiety, emotion processing, and social confidence 

Meet Our Recreation Therapy Team

Mari Shawcroft, MA
Mari Shawcroft, MAAssociate Director of Milestonesmshawcro@stonebelt.org
Kim Shepard, CTRS, MPH
Kim Shepard, CTRS, MPHRecreation Therapistkshepard@stonebelt.org