Pediatric recreational therapy
Also known as:
Recreational therapy, pediatric, Therapeutic recreation, pediatric
Recreational therapists provide recreational activities and treatment for patients with disabilities or illnesses. Therapeutic activities can include arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music or community outings. Recreational therapists improve and maintain the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their clients.
The therapeutic recreation team at Providence Child Center
provides recreational opportunities for our kids that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life. Our therapy staff is supported by hundreds of volunteers who make it possible to provide unique and exciting recreational activities.
The following are highlights of a few of these programs:
- Crafts, music and sports groups are continuously provided by our creative staff, volunteers, and community partners.
- Community integration field trips to Portland Trail Blazer Games, OMSI, the Saturday Market, the movies and more.
- The Friend to Friend program partners local students with our kids for a year’s worth of friendship and life-long memories.
- Holiday parties, like the annual Christmas Present Celebration, a Valentine’s Day Dance, the New Year’s Eve party, and the Chinese New Year’s parade.
- “Foster” Grandparents who help with everything from getting our kids on the Portland Public School buses every morning to tucking them into bed at night.
- Special events and typical child-hood traditions including the Jr. Rose Parade, a traditional Prom, birthday parties and summer camp.
- Alternative therapy services like music therapy and pet therapy– we’ve hosted everything from harps to lamas!
It is our goal and privilege to provide therapeutic recreational activities that celebrate ability while ensuring every child in our care has access to typical childhood experiences. To learn more about our recreational therapy program and how you might volunteer to work with our children, please email
our volunteer coordinator or call 503-215-2470.
If you are a therapeutic recreation student and want to learn more about our internship program, please email
our program director or call 503-215-2826.