Therapeutic Recreation

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Therapeutic Recreation

About Therapeutic Recreation

Gaylord's Therapeutic Recreation Program uses leisure and recreational activities to improve an your quality of life. Activities focus on enhancing your physical, cognitive, social, emotional and creative abilities to promote independence and make participation in recreation possible. Examples of activities include: arts and crafts, iPad use, games, gardening, puzzles, sports and community re-integration. Our Therapeutic Recreation staff will visit you to determine your current likes and interests to help you stay involved and active while at Gaylord. Our goal is to convert your interests to activities that you can participate in after you are discharged.

Another aspect of our program includes Leisure Education which teaches or enhances recreation skills and attitudes that will be used throughout life. Leisure education also helps you to participate in activities with adaptive equipment, allowing you to discover new and exciting activities through interest exploration.

Gaylord's Therapeutic Recreation staff can provide you with social, leisure and sporting activities during your stay using the amenities on our 500 acre campus, which includes a putting green, a greenhouse, an indoor heated pool, two gyms, and beautiful, easily accessible grounds. Your therapy program may include activities designed to promote your rehabilitation goals through pursuits such as games and sports, creative hobbies, arts and crafts and music. Upon discharge, you will be encouraged to return to resume activities through our Creative Expressions community based art group or to explore and participate in the different adaptive sports programs available through the Gaylord Sports Association.

Creative Expressions

The Creative Expressions Program is designed to accommodate artists of all abilities. More than 125 pieces of art are exhibited annually at the Art Show & Reception at Gaylord with the pieces available for purchase. The program is coordinated by the Therapeutic Recreation Department, with classes and guest teachers featuring all mediums, including pottery, crochet, oil paint, water colors, basket weaving, pencil drawing and more. Members of Creative Expressions come from the community to work in the recreation hall at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can participate in activities during 1:1 sessions, and afternoon and evening groups that change weekly.

We have some supplies available for in room use such as radios, iPads, games, word puzzles, etc.

Programs are for patients but guests may accompany. Children must have adult supervision at all times.

The training for a CTRS is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation accompanied by national certification that requires renewal every 5 years.


Therapeutic Recreation Department: (203) 284-2732