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RECREATIONAL THERAPISTS
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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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  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 $60,480.00 $29.08 $30.08 $17.35 - $37.14
Bridgeport/Stamford $49,857.00 $23.96 $25.81 $17.33 - $30.59
Hartford $59,775.00 $28.73 $29.23 $16.53 - $36.51
New Haven $65,843.00 $31.65 $33.93 $22.56 - $41.28
      
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