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Pediatric Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy and School Systems

“The whole point of therapeutic recreation is to help a child gain the skills and knowledge they need to be as independent as possible by actively engaging in meaningful play, recreation and leisure[.]"

[...] For example, patients engaged in basketball don’t realize they are also improving their hand-eye coordination, motor skills and teamwork etiquette.

That’s why they call us the sneaky therapists  ['emphasis added'] [.]” 

- Scottish Rite for Children


Pediatric Recreational Therapy (RT) 

What is Pediatric Recreational Therapy (RT)?

"Recreational Therapists (RTs) are part of an interdisciplinary team in child and adolescent settings. 

They work with this team to ensure that the “whole child” is considered, meaning that RTs advocate for a child’s psychosocial needs, not just physical and cognitive abilities." 

How May Pediatric RT Help My Child?

View Educational Video about Pediatric Recreational Therapy from Shriners Children's Boston, USA:

What Types of Conditions Does Pediatric RT Treat?
How Do I Pay for Pediatric RT Services?

Monthly Membership is $360 per month and available to everyone 

(new clients may be waitlisted if our caseload is full).

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The Texas Education Agency provides grants for some children. We are an authorized provider.

Use SSES Grant Awards

We have provided pediatric RT services (in central Texas counties of Bastrop, Burnet, Travis and Williamson) through The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver program (a 1915(c) Medicaid program). 

This program is administered by a Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) or Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA). 

Find your LMHA here.

Our Clinical Director is a provider in Travis county, Texas with Integral Care  and has delivered pediatric RT services with several of their programs including Communities in Schools (CIS) - Central Texas and Juvenile Justice. 

"CLASS provides home and community-based services to individuals with related conditions as a cost-effective alternative to an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related conditions (ICF/IID). [...] Those interested in receiving CLASS are placed on an interest list by calling 877- 438-5658 and asking for the CLASS Waiver Program. The person will be contacted when funding becomes available. [...] For more information please contact CLASSPolicy@HHSC.state.tx.us [.]"

Recreational Therapy is a "related service" under the federal law Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C of IDEA also covers Early Intervention services. In Texas, we have previously provided Pediatric RT services via EANES ISD

"The U.S. Department of Education enforces Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) a civil rights statute which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The Office  for Civil Rights (OCR) also enforces Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), which extends this prohibition against discrimination to the full range of state and local government services, programs, and activities (including public schools) regardless of whether they receive any Federal financial assistance."  In Texas, here is a Section 504 Fact Sheet


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