Therapeutic recreation is an underutilized related service for students with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (P.L. 101-476) Part C (Sec. U25(b)(10) ) mandates that “specifically designed or adapted physical education and therapeutic recreation programs to facilitate the full participation of youths with disabilities in community programs” be included in transition services. Presented here are two cases of adolescents with developmental disabilities who have received family-centered, home-community-based leisure education interventions. The results of the interventions supported the use of this treatment model to increase not only leisure skills, but also self-confidence, self-determination, and social skills—all vital to the successful adolescent transitions and community participation.
Author Candace Ashton-Shaeffer, Mary Shelton, Danny E. Johnson
Volume Vol 29, No 4 (1995)