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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Therapeutic Recreation
Contact: Christie Mills, CTRS - Program Coordinator
2105 Mack Road - Deer Lick Park
Douglasville, Georgia 30135
Phone: 770.920.7129 - Fax: 770.920.7191
cmills@co.douglas.ga.us

What is Therapeutic Recreation?
As defined by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use leisure opportunities in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. Therapeutic Recreation includes functional intervention, leisure education, and recreation participation. These three elements enable people with limitations to improve functional abilities, enhance well-being, and increase independence; learn recreation skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life; and experience health and growth through rewarding leisure and recreation experiences.

All of the programs, special events and services offered through Douglas County Parks and Recreation are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.

We need your help!
Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section strives to deliver the best programs, goods and services to its consumers. We are constantly seeking ways to enhance and add programs, events, classes and more! The Therapeutic Recreation Section relies on competent volunteers, proactive coaches, donations of gently used sports equipment, and community support and involvement on a variety of levels. If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129.

Special Populations Tennis
Special Populations Tennis 
  • Conversational Sign Language - American Sign Language Level I and Level II
    • Deer Lick Park Activity Center, Room 170
    • Fridays, May through August, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Instructor Charlene Tilghman
    • Ages 8 and up
    • This class will equip students by helping them gain an understanding of ASL and the cultural diversity within the deaf community. Students must purchase signing Illustrated (Instructor will provide more information to students directly and do not need the book for the first class). Students will be provided a rich learning environment combining classroom instruction, experimental and self-directed learning, and community involvement.
    • $65 per 8-week session
  • Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club
    • Deer Lick Park Activity Center, Room 170
    • Third Saturday of the month, May through August, 1 - 3 p.m.
    • Coordinator Jeanie Morris
    • Ages 3 - 15
    • Volunteerism, education, patriotism and fun are the foundation of Modern Woodmen Youth Service Clubs. For more than 60 years, these clubs have improved the self-esteem of participating children of all abilities through helping others. In a safe and positive environment, led by adult Modern Woodmen members, participating kids undertake countless educational, service and beautification projects for the betterment of their local communities, and they have a lot of fun along the way!
    • Annual registration fee is required and dependent upon type of membership. Participant must register at Deer Lick Park one week before desired attendance date. All children, with or without diagnosed disabilities, are welcome!
  • Modern Woodmen of America Game-a-Thon
    • Deer Lick Park Activity Center, Room 170
    • Third Saturday of each month, May through August, 11 a.m - 1 p.m.
    • Coordinator Jeanie Morris
    • All ages
    • Calling all fun-loving, competitive people! Show up with your "game face" on and join us for a free hot dog lunch.
    • Cost is free. Participant must register at Deer Lick Park one week before desired attendance dates.
  • Community Ceramics Class
    • Deer Lick Party Activity Center, Room 170
    • Thursdays, May through August, 7 - 9 p.m.
    • Coordinator Jeanie Morris
    • All ages
    • This community ceramics is open to everyone! Pieces will be available or you can order green ware or bisque from the instructor's catalog. Glazes and ceramic accessories are also available by order. If you have a piece that you need to finish, or are a beginner to ceramics, come join the fun!
    • Cost is participant's supplies only. Participant must register at Deer Lick Park one week before desired attendance dates.
  • Mishmash
    • Deer Lick Park Activity Center, Room 170
    • Tuesdays, May through August, 12 noon - 2 p.m.
    • Parks and Recreation Staff
    • All ages
    • We have movies, games, laughter, friendship, and fun ready for everyone! Bring your family and friends, brothers or sisters, and maybe even an aunt or uncle, too! Participants are welcome to bring food and drinks for themselves or something to share with the group.
    • Cost is free. Participant must register at Deer Lick Park one week before desired attendance dates.
  • Cooking Extraordinaire
    • Deer Lick Park Activity Center, Room 170
    • Thursdays, May through August, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
    • Coordinator Jeanie Morris
    • All ages
    • We have cooking classes that are entertaining, educational and delicious, too! Learn the basics of single recipes to planning full multi-course meals.
    • $10 per class. Participant must register at Deer Lick Park one week before desired attendance dates.
  • Artistic Expressions
    • Deer Lick Park Activity Center, Room 170
    • Thursdays, May through August, 6 - 7 p.m.
    • Coordinator Jeanie Morris
    • All ages
    • This class provides arts, crafts, and creative fun for all. Be ready to explore your own talents through the skilled instruction of a local artist. All supplies are included in the class fee.
    • $10 per class. Participant must register at Deer Lick Park one week before desired attendance dates.


Special Olympics
Special Olympics 
Special Olympics Programming
Special Olympics Georgia, in collaboration with and facilitated through Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports programs, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has an unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together.

Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section consistently offers opportunities for those persons who are interested in volunteering by supporting our local athletes. By becoming a volunteer, you may be eligible to receive free training by Special Olympics Certified Coaches, lodging during State competitions, as well as transportation.

We additionally offer Unifed Sports in softball, bocce, tennis, and power-lifting. Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis. Please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.

Resources
VSA Arts of Georgia
  • VSA Arts of Georgia provides access to the arts for people with disabilities and those with low income. VSA Arts of Georgia is a State-wide resource working with artists and organizations to fulfill our vision of an inclusive community that encourages everyone to enjoy and participate in the arts. These resources include, but are not limited to, Zoo Atlanta, the High Museum of Art, and Fox Theatre. Contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.



Volunteers Needed

We are on the look out for any volunteers to help out with
Special Pops Tennis and
Special Olympics Softball

If you are interested in any of these programs, please contact Chirstie Mills at 770-920-7129 or cmills@co.douglas.ga.us

SUB DEPARTMENTS/MORE INFO
Last Chance Triathlon
Deer Lick Park - Family Fun Center
Athletics
Deer Lick Park
Boundary Waters Aquatic Center
Dog River Park
Fairplay Park
Bill Arp Park
Clinton Nature Preserve
Lithia Springs/Woodrow Wilson Park
Post Road Park
Winston Park
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