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
Learn new things
Overcome a Mental Challenge
Explore new things
Do something well
Meet new challenges
Master a difficult skill
Get better at something
Get in better shape
Relax tense muscles
Be less stressed
Forget about worries
Keep from getting bored
Do something good for me
Get in a better mood
Laugh and enjoy myself
Be proud of myself
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