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Therapeutic Recreation Programming
Isle of Wight Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation division provides specialized programs, services, opportunities, and events for individuals with disabilities. In addition, we provide reasonable accommodations (upon request), support, and advocacy for individuals with disabilities in our general recreation programs. The Therapeutic Recreation staff will work with participants, parents/guardians, and staff to help ensure an enjoyable recreational experience. Our certified staff is dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere that empowers participants to enjoy life and reach their goals every day. 

For more information, please email Jaimie Belch at or call (757)-365-1663

What is Therapeutic Recreation? 
Therapeutic Recreation, also known as Recreational Therapy, uses recreation and leisure activities to help people with disabilities improve their skills, abilities, quality of life, overall health and well-being.

What do Recreational Therapists do? 
Recreation Therapy services are provided by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS), also referred to as Recreational Therapists. The CTRS is the qualified provider who works with the participant and their family to incorporate specific interests and needs into therapy-based interventions to achieve optimal outcomes that transfer to everyday life. The Recreational Therapist has a unique perspective regarding the social, cognitive, physical, and leisure needs of the participant. The therapy process provided by the Recreational Therapist incorporates the individual’s interests, family, and community, making the practice meaningful and relevant. 

Therapeutic Recreation programs promote community recreation and participation and are not intended to provide behavior therapy interventions. Participants will be expected to manage their own behavior with minimal staff intervention and must have a desire to participate in programming. Participants requiring 1:1 assistance are welcome with their own personal aide at no extra cost.

Upcoming Events



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RISE Flyer

 Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation- Therapeutic Recreation is excited to announce its first-ever Therapeutic Recreation Day program for adults with disabilities ages 18 and up. The RISE Program (Resilient-Independent-Social-Empowerment) will begin November 3rd, 2023, and run continuously every Friday throughout the year, excluding holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nike Park Mary W. Wells Senior Building B (13036 Nike Park Road Carrollton, VA. 23314).
The goal of this program is to promote socialization independent living skills, and provide opportunities for participating in recreation activities for people with disabilities. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a group that shares common goals and abilities. Activities will include, but most certainly not be limited to, group activities, arts & crafts, pop-up field trips, physical activities, outdoor activities, workshops, and much more.
This program is free; however, registration is required along with an assessment paperwork and an in-person portion process. Pop-up field trip fees will be the responsibility of the participant. Registration begins September 18th, 2023, and will be ongoing until full.
For more information and how to register, please contact Jaimie Belch, CTRS, at 757-365-1663 or

Therapeutic Recreation Brochure