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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Therapeutic Recreation
Contact: Jessica Morgan, CTRS - Program Assistant
2105 Mack Road - Deer Lick Park
Douglasville, Georgia 30135
Phone: 770.920.7129 - Fax: 770.920.7191
jmorgan@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. We help those with special needs improve cognitive, emotional, social, physical, leisure, and spiritual functioning through purposeful use of Recreation and intervention techniques.

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 
Classes & Groups
  • Community Ceramics Class
    • Deer Lick Party Activity Center, Room 170
    • Thursdays, 7 - 9 p.m.
    • Coordinator
    • 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

      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 basketball, 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 the following:
      Model Car Builders Club
      Exercising to Music
      Comedy Club
      Golf
      Special Olympics Softball

      If you are interested in any of these programs, please call 770-920-7129.

  • 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
    << Therapeutic Recreation
    Boundary Waters Park
    Parks Security - Uniformed Division
    Community Programs - Deer Lick Park
    IMPORTANT LINKS
    - On-line Parks & Recreation Registration


    - Special Olympics of Georgia


    DOWNLOADABLE DOCUMENTS
    Special Olympics Participation Form - 194.2KB

    Therapeutic Recreation Programs 2016 Brochure - 178.5KB

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