Therapeutic Recreation

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We can all use some guidance to improve our quality of life and find optimal physical and mental health through recreation, leisure and socialization opportunities. 

What is Therapeutic Recreation (TR)?

Therapeutic Recreation is a process that utilizes functional intervention, education and recreation participation to enable persons 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.

Recreation Therapists use recreation and leisure to help individuals to:

  • Improve physical and cognitive abilities
  • Increase confidence and self-esteem
  • Strengthen interpersonal skills and relationships
  • Improve coping and adaptation skills
  • Enhance wellbeing
  • Encourage a greater sense of accomplishment
  • Realize the benefits of a healthy leisure lifestyle
  • Foster greater involvement in the community

 

TR at Hope Haven

Therapeutic Recreation is offered by a Recreation Therapist (RT) who is specially trained in assessment and intervention planning towards goals that are recreation, leisure and/or life skills based for individuals with unique needs. This program does not involve any mounted equestrian sessions, it is an extension of our specialized equestrian programs utilizing everything our farm environment has to offer.

The unique spin with Hope Haven's Therapeutic Recreation program is that any intervention or activity chosen is connected with our equines and their farm environment. For example, if an individual has a goal of increased independence with daily self care including areas of nutrition, hygiene and fitness, interventions could include learning how to care for a horse in these areas then relating them back to their own self care.

Program Options

Who can register?

ANYONE and EVERYONE!  We can all use some guidance to improve our quality of life and find optimal physical and mental health through recreation, leisure and socialization opportunities.

You do not need to be part of our equestrian programs to take part in Therapeutic Recreation however, it may create the desire to take part in both! For those already involved in our equestrian programs, Therapeutic Recreation is a great way to take your equine interests one step further and apply them to your other recreation, leisure and/or life skills goals.

For our virtual programs, individuals must be able to engage and communicate (can be with assistance) through a virtual meeting format.

Registration For all TR Programs

Program registration will follow our regular seasonal session format that our equestrian programs follow, however an individual may begin at any point as long as there is space remaining.

Please complete the following:

  1. Contact Robyn our Program Manager to schedule your TR session times.
  2.  Please complete the Online Participant Application .

For more information, please call 519-986-1247 and ask for Robyn, or email program@hopehavencentre.org.

Contact

545747 Sideroad 4A, RR #2
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

(t) 519-986-1247

Directions

Located on Sideroad 4a between
7th Line and 9th Line.

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Benoit Dube - Executive Director
execdir@hopehavencentre.org

Barb Sheperd - Development Officer
partnerships@hopehavencentre.org

Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist
program@hopehavencentre.org

Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator (Interim)
volunteer@hopehavencentre.org

Emma Houser - Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
ehouser@hopehavencentre.org

Danielle Rose - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)
drose@hopehavencentre.org

Ann-Ida Beck - Instructor (CanTRA CTRSI, PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
abeck@hopehavencentre.org

Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)
gmacneill@hopehavencentre.org

Shannon Speer - Recreation Therapist
sspeer@hopehavencentre.org

Gretel Stanish - Property & Barn Manager
gstanish@hopehavencentre.org