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  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 $55,302.00 $26.60 $16.24 $18.22 - $35.11
Bridgeport/Stamford $51,129.00 $24.58 $16.83 $19.03 - $28.89
Danbury $48,783.00 $23.46 $18.65 $19.71 - $24.74
Hartford $57,140.00 $27.48 $15.81 $17.60 - $36.81
New Haven $64,127.00 $30.83 $22.40 $23.79 - $38.23
New London/Norwich $61,578.00 $29.61 $16.84 $18.48 - $37.05
Torrington $36,455.00 $17.53 $14.43 $15.19 - $19.11
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