Benefits of Leisure and Recreation

Benefits of Leisure and Recreation

The following is some of the results on the benefits of leisure and recreation for our students. 

Leisure Works! Expanding Options for People with Developmental Disabilities By Martin Sheehan, Ph.D., Elizabeth Thorin, Ph.D, and Broin Marquez

Mental

Be Creative

Learn new things

Overcome a Mental Challenge

Explore new things

Do something well

Physical

Meet new challenges

Master a difficult skill

Get better at something

Get in better shape

Compete

Relax tense muscles

Lose weight

Be healthy

Emotional

Be less stressed

Feel good

Face fears

Forget about worries

Be Happy

Keep from getting bored

Do something good for me

Get in a better mood

Laugh and enjoy myself

Express feelings

Be proud of myself

Social

Meet new people

Be with friends

Be with a special friend

Learn more social skills

Share with others

Therapy Techniques: Using the Creative Arts by Ann Arge Nathan & Suzanne Mirviss

-Creativity is important to the developmental aspects of life. Creative arts influence the development of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and even vocational abilities.

-Creative arts encourage expression of thoughts and feelings in a tangible form that can be viewed by self and others. The creation of a product that is an extension of self can bring about insight, joy and/or feelings of self-esteem.

-Creative arts foster self-awareness and personal growth. Individuals experience a deepening understanding of themselves and their environment.

-By engaging the emotions, individuals are aided in moving to new levels of experience.

-Creative arts provide an opportunity to communicate both verbally and non-verbally, involving different thinking processes and abilities.

Therapeutic Recreation for Exceptional Children Edited by Aubrey H. Fine and Nya M.Fine

Janet Pomeroy (1964) discusses the fact that certain fundamental human desires such as the need to be wanted and understood are important to all individuals and can be satisfied through participation in recreation activities.

Some of the needs Pomeroy discusses are that recreation programs fulfill the human need for: joy of creation, adventure, a sense of achievement, physical well-being, a sense of relaxation, and plain enjoyment. In addition to the qualities noted by Pomeroy (1964), I would like to expand the list and incorporate some of my perceptions.

The following represents some additional points of view:

-the need of belonging to a group

- the sense of personal understanding

-the need to pursue interests that will stimulate enjoyment during leisure time

-the need to develop a sense of responsibility and independence