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Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

What is Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is a process (see APIED graphic below) that uses recreation, leisure and play to help participants reach identified goals and improve their holistic well-being.

Complete the intake assessment form to join our Therapeutic Recreation Program

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Therapeutics Intake Form


Our TR Division's mission is to provide recreation, leisure and play opportunities for individuals in the community with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Seasonal Programs and Events

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For more upcoming Therapeutic Recreation events, visit our events calendar and select the "Therapeutic Recreation" category.

Learn more about the TR Division's diverse offerings below.

NCTRC Internship Opportunity

  • Winter Internships starts 1st week of January – Applications due Sept. 1
  • Summer Internship starts 1st week of May – Application due Jan. 1
  • Fall Internship States 1st week of September – Application due May 1

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Leisure Education and Social Programs

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Leisure Education Programs aim to help participants develop important life skills and expand their independence through fun and educational activities.

+ L.I.F.E.

L.I.F.E. (Learning Independence for Everyone) is a six-week program specifically designed for emerging adults aged 16-25. Come hangout and learn life skills, including how to make new friends, personal hygiene, money management, and how to access community resources.

+ L.I.F.E. 2.0

L.I.F.E. 2.0 is the next step of the Learning Independence for Everyone Program for graduates of the 1st level L.I.F.E. class. This three-week mini session will dive deeper into the topics of health and wellness, life skills, and greater community involvement.

Social Programs are an opportunity for participants to make new friends and develop their independence skills all while having an enjoyable experience. These programs take place either in the community or at Azalea Recreation Center and help participants learn about accessible resources and while developing social interaction skills.

+ Fun with Friends - Ages: 6-12

Fun with Friends is a structured program including active games, arts and crafts and a meal. This program is specifically for introducing our younger participants to the Therapeutic Recreation program. It is a safe space where they can feel free to be their true selves while learning important social skills in fun and creative ways. Activities on-site at Azalea Recreation Center.

+ TRekkers - Ages: 13-17

Do you love trying new things and going new places? Well, this might be the program for you! Trekkers is a social-based program for teens that provides exciting community trips and fun social programming for middle school and high school age youth. Activities can be on-site at Azalea Recreation Center and in the community.

+ Out on the Town - Ages: 18+

Adults just want to have fun! If you are looking for some entertaining and enjoyable outing to participate in, look no further! The Out on the Town program is a social-based program for adults 18 years and older. Activities can be on-site at Azalea Recreation Center and in the community.

Physical Activity Programs

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Physical activity provides numerous benefits including more energy, increased self-confidence and developing a positive outlook on life. The TR Physical Activity Programs aim to get participants up and moving in safe and supportive environments where are ability levels are celebrated.

+ Outdoor Adventures

It is time to go into nature and enjoy the great outdoors together! This exciting new program will focus on increasing physical activity levels, connecting with nature, and developing social skills with our pals on the adventure.

+ Fitness in Therapeutics (F.I.T.)

Join your friends for our 5K readiness program! Fitness in Therapeutics will meet weekly to build our endurance to participate in a 5K event while enjoying the fresh air with friends.

+ TRitons Baseball

One, two, three strikes – YOU’RE IN! Grab your baseball gloves and get ready for an exciting season of TRitions baseball. This supportive baseball league aims to help participants improve their fitness and coordination, while developing the important skill of sportsmanship.

Other physical activity programs include:

  • Pickleball
  • Line Dancing
  • Karate
  • Bowling

Adaptive Sport Programs

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+ Sailing

The St. Petersburg Therapeutic Recreation program is partnering with the St. Petersburg Sailing Center to offer an adaptive sailing clinic for people with disabilities. No experience necessary. Participants will be given basic instruction and adaptive equipment on the boats and will have the opportunity to get out on the water with an instructor. Family members, friends, and companions are welcome to join in the fun.

+ Kayaking

All ages and abilities are welcome. No experience necessary. Equipment specifically designed for people with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments. Clinics include basic education, skill development, and fun out on the water.

Camp Redbird

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Camp Redbird is a summer day camp experience for participants 6yrs and older with a physical, intellectual and/or developmental disability. This 9-week summer camp program is jam packed with fun and educational experiences. From weekly swims at Walter Fuller pool, to creative cooking experiences and crafts, to exciting community trips this camp keeps participants entertained. Camp Redbird consists of three separate programs for youth, teen and adult participants. Reasonable accommodations are assessed and made on an individual and case by case basis. Registration for Camp Redbird opens in July for the follow year of camp.