Pediatric Therapeutic RecreationPlay for Fun and Function

Incorporating individual and group play into the therapeutic experience is an important part of a child’s recovery. These fun activities help patients improve cognitive and physical function, as well as provide important time to spend with other children.

A number of activities are integrated into therapeutic experience including:

  • Adaptive games
  • Interactive video
  • Computer games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Pet therapy

Regularly scheduled group activities help bring patients and families together for relaxation and fun, including:

  • Game night
  • Movie night
  • “Fun Friday”
  • Parties
  • Wii tournaments
  • Weekly family dinners

Patients and guests have access to the Internet to keep connected to friends and family, and patients are encouraged to decorate their rooms so they are comfortable places for friends to visit.

The hospital’s therapeutic Victory Garden is available for patients to relax with family and friends. A pediatric gym, therapeutic pool, a children’s playroom and the hospital’s Ruth S. Willoughby Playground feature fully accessible equipment to provide children with inviting environments for play and therapy.

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s very active adaptive sports program offers children the opportunity to play and compete in a variety of sports. The program not only provides important physical exercise, but it also helps nurture self-confidence and social interaction.

Our pediatric recreation therapists will introduce patients to the program during the hospitalization, and encourage them to participate once they return home.

Dozens of children from throughout the region are involved in MedStar NRH adaptive sports program, which offers something for everyone, including:

  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair tennis
  • Downhill skiing
  • Sled hockey
  • Power soccer
  • Adaptive rowing
  • Road racing
  • Hand cycling
  • Adapted Cardio Boxing
  • Adapted Fitness Classes