Did you know that February is Therapeutic Recreation Month? The Mane Intent is pleased to have an opportunity to participate in a panel discussion on therapeutic recreation on Monday, February 11th at Fleming College as part of their Therapeutic Recreation Program. The event is being hosted by Fleming students to facilitate a discussion on the role of and benefits of therapeutic recreation on overall well-being.
Equine assisted learning is a great example of therapeutic recreation and we will be sharing our experiences in providing this service to people of all walks of life. Our programming, for example, helps to support greater confidence, self-esteem, resilience and enhanced overall well-being.
Fleming’s Therapeutic Recreation program offers students with an opportunity to learn specialized skills and how to use a variety of interventions and techniques to improve physical, cognitive, emotional, social and leisure needs of clients.
Therapeutic Recreation Ontario defines therapeutic recreation as a “process that uses functional intervention, education and recreation participation to enable people with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations to acquire and/or maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to enjoy their leisure optimally, function independently with the least amount of assistance and participate as fully as possible in society.” Among the benefits of Therapeutic Recreation are increased confidence, self-esteem and independence as well as overall enhanced well-being.
About the Author
Jennifer Garland is the Owner/Program Director of The Mane Intent, offering Health and Wellness Workshops and Individual and Team Effectiveness Coaching. Jennifer’s intent is to bring horses and humans together to explore new possibilities, getting you out of your comfort zone and giving clarity of voice to your leader within. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in communications, cause-related marketing and change management. As a strategist, facilitator and effectiveness coach, Jennifer has provided counsel and support to senior leaders from all walks of life to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change. She is a ‘socialpreneur’ who values the art of living life fully with intent.
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