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Occupation Description:
  Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity. Excludes “Recreation Workers” (39-9032).
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  Video Icon  Recreational Therapists
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  Specialized Occupations:
  * Art Therapists (ONET code: 29-1125.01)
  * Music Therapists (ONET code: 29-1125.02)
Typical Tasks:
  • Develop discharge plans for patients.
  • Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
  • Develop treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on needs assessment, patient interests, and objectives of therapy.
  • Encourage clients with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting leisure activities, such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and gardening.
  • Counsel and encourage patients to develop leisure activities.
  • Confer with members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.
  • Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
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Education & Training:
  Bachelor's degree
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Wage Information:
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $54,885.00 $26.39 $16.13 $18.05 - $35.10
Bridgeport/Stamford $49,427.00 $23.77 $17.04 $19.38 - $27.74
Danbury $50,085.00 $24.08 $18.65 $19.55 - $24.55
Hartford $56,394.00 $27.11 $15.46 $17.28 - $36.74
New Haven $59,300.00 $28.51 $18.98 $20.00 - $36.92
New London/Norwich $58,581.00 $28.16 $16.49 $17.74 - $35.80
Waterbury $68,191.00 $32.79 $16.40 $18.22 - $44.27
Torrington $37,447.00 $18.00 $14.36 $15.10 - $19.19
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