The purpose of this article is to present the results from an evaluation of a recreation therapy component of an outpatient treatment program for children with behavioral disorders. The development of social competencies during childhood is vital for the developmental outcomes that affect success later in life. Social skills, an indicator of social competence are those behaviors within a given situation that predict social outcomes for children (Gresham, 1986). The lack of social skills contribute to participants being referred to this program after several disciplinary problems at school and home such as extreme aggressiveness or withdrawal, hyperactivity, or poor reality testing. The program allows an interdisciplinary approach that involves psychiatry, social work, recreation therapy, and other supportive disciplines. The recreation therapy component of this program teaches ‘formal’ social skills classes, but social skills are reinforced throughout the entire program. The evaluation was the project for a recreation therapy practicum at this facility.
Author Erin Rothwell, Jennifer Piatt, Kelly Mattingly
Volume Vol 40, No 4 (2006)