I am a senior studying Therapeutic Recreation at Temple University. After 3 years of studying early childhood education, I realized that I wanted to do more than just teach academics to children. I have found it more rewarding and empowering working to increase their overall health, well-being and quality of life, especially those with disabilities. The summer between my freshman and sophomore years at Temple, I worked at a preschool summer camp with children ages 2-7. I love working with children, but the ability to create activities and programs that allowed every child to participate, no matter their skill level, was what I enjoyed the most. I had to think outside of the box in order to adapt and create new and exciting games and educational programs. Once I discovered Therapeutic Recreation I felt like I finally found a profession that I would truly enjoy.
In the future, I hope to work with children that have physical or developmental disabilities. I believe that Therapeutic Recreation, when implemented with leisure for purpose, can extremely enhance a persons overall quality of life. Especially for children that are still growing and learning, and are extremely impressionable. I believe that they will continue to live happy and healthy lives if they are shown at a young age that they can partake in any leisure or recreational activity that they enjoy. Professionally, I hope to work in hospitals or rehabilitate centers. Places like these can be extremely stressful and robotic, and for children a very scary thing at times. I want to make these experiences as pleasant as possible for each person, creating and and implementing for each person or child, activities that that can improve not just their physical functioning, but mental functioning and overall experience as well.
To learn more about therapeutic recreation, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8rNNnEs9CY&t=1s