For over 20 years, recreation has been identified by federal legislation as an allowable related service for school-aged children and adolescents with disabilities. This study is an initial attempt to identify recreation therapists working in school systems and to delineate their roles within these systems. Among other things, the findings, based on 60 respondents, reveal that recreation therapists are employed by public school systems, primarily work with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities or multiple handicaps in self-contained classrooms, provide leisure education more than other types of therapeutic recreation services, and are only identified on students’ Individualized Education Programs about 50% of the time.
Author Candace Ashton-Shaeffer, Danny E. Johnson, Charles C. Bullock
Volume Vol 34, No 4 (2000)