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Therapeutic Recreation

Our team provides Recreation Therapy services to children with disabilities and their families from across BC.
Your team

Who are we?

Your team is made up of a group of recreation therapists who believe that fun activities are vital for a child's health. We also have recreation therapists who specialize in adapted aquatics and a music therapist.

What do we do?


  • work with you to find out what recreational activities suit your child and what is available in your community
  • try different activities to see what your child enjoys
  • suggest ways to help your child do what he or she likes
  • have some adaptive recreation equipment available that your child may want to try
  • work with you and your child's teachers on both school and home activities that focus on your child's strengths and abilities
Your appointment

Therapeutic Rec

If your child is referred for therapeutic recreation, your appointment is usually a one hour, in person visit to talk about what recreation activities your child may be interested in trying. The therapist will work with you to find services and resources available in your community.

Adapted Aquatics 

An aquatics appointment focuses on different types of adapted pool equipment to see what might work for your child. The therapist may also suggest certain swimming activities, and services and/or resources in your home community.

Outreach & Education

Sometimes our therapists come to your community to provide services (outreach). We may also offer education on how to use adapted equipment, and how your child can be more involved in community activities and school activities such as physical education classes. 

Music Therapy (for inpatients) Music can be part of therapeutic recreation

We help your child with communication, self expression, self awareness, motor, and cognitive skills.


A Family Guide: Therapeutic Recreation, Aquatics, and Music Therapy, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, 2018, will give you a basic overview of what Therapeutic Recreation can do for your child. 

Therapeutic Recreation, Aquatics, and Music Therapy (for professionals), Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, 2013

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