Case Studies in Therapeutic Recreation

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Author(s): Sherri Hildebrand
Rachel E. Smith

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Case Studies in Therapeutic Recreation is a relatable, easy-to-read text that explains theory and provides opportunities to practice skills needed to become a successful recreational therapist.

The text focuses on problem-based learning using case studies to describe disabilities, diseases, and conditions often seen in recreation therapy practice.

Each case tells the story of a person living with a medical condition or disability. Details are provided about how a recreational therapist might encounter working with or for an individual.

In addition, pertinent questions guide the reader toward a greater knowledge and application of the planning phase of the therapeutic recreation process.

Thirty different case studies set in a variety of therapeutic recreation workplaces give ample opportunity for students to practice their problem-solving skills.

Case Studies in Therapeutic Recreation also describes how to use both the DENT and Rehab-CYCLE Problem-Solving Models. Readers will learn the basic skills needed to conduct research and evaluate their findings as they incorporate this knowledge into evidence-based practice.

With inclusion of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and evidence-based practice in therapeutic recreation, this textbook allows readers the opportunity to apply information learned throughout their coursework into practice.

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Table of Contents: 

About the Authors

Section I: Introduction
Problem-Based Learning
The DENT Problem-Solving Model
Evidence-Based Practice
Forming the PICO Question
Doing the Research
The International Classification of Functioning
Rehab-CYCLE Problem-Solving Model
Ethical Considerations

Section II: Diagnostic Case Studies
Introduction to the Case Studies
Alzheimer’s Dementia
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Vascular Accident
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Conduct Disorder
Congestive Heart Failure
Diabetes Mellitus
Eating Disorder
Gambling Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Guillain Barre Syndrome
Hearing Impairment
Intellectual Disability–Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Major Depressive Disorder
Meniere’s Disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Parkinson’s Disease
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord Injury
Substance-Related Disorders: Alcohol
Total Joint Replacement
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment

Appendix A: The DENT Problem-Solving Method
Appendix B: PICO Practice Worksheet
Appendix C: Research Practice
Appendix D: The Rehabilitation Problem-Solving Form (RPS-Form)
Appendix E: Overview of the ICF


About the Author(s)

Sherri Hildebrand

Sherri Hildebrand, MEd, MS, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and an Instructional Assistant Professor at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where she teaches courses in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Management.

Sherri has been an educator in higher education since 1983 at several institutions in the state of Illinois and Iowa. In 2010, she co-founded and served as the Program Director for a nonprofit organization, SportAbility of Iowa, to serve the recreation and leisure needs of people with physical disabilities throughout eastern Iowa.

In 2105, with the assistance of her therapeutic recreation students and Campus Recreation, she started Adaptapalooza, an annual adaptive sports event for the ISU community to advocate for sports participation for people with physical disabilities.

Rachel E. Smith

Rachel E. Smith, MS, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and an Instructional Assistant Professor at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, where she teaches courses in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Management.

Rachel has a background in inclusion in public parks and recreation and is a longtime disability advocate. She has served on various committees to advance the rights of persons with disabilities.

She has a research interest in universal design, social justice, and inclusion in higher education.

Rachel and her husband, Chris, live with their sons, Brady and Kellan, and two fur babies in Normal.

Rachel enjoys learning and continues to take courses, attend, and present at conferences and join in workshops and webinars whenever possible.

She volunteers with a SOAR and Healing Rides.