Independent Living and Community Engagement

Recreation and Leisure

Recreation and Leisure activities are necessary for our wellbeing, relieve stress, meet and interact with others, and to provide happiness for living our lives. For many students with disabilities, these activities provide opportunities to learn different skills that can be used in many other settings. Schools can use person-centered planning to determine a student’s interests to help guide participation in recreation and leisure activities.

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Recreation and Leisure

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How can adults help facilitate recreation and leisure activities?

  • Consider the individuals interests
  • Pick activities at the individual’s level of functioning and abilities
  • Provide supports to make activities accessible
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Recreation and Leisure

Your transition team can help you participate in recreation and leisure activities by make sure students

  • Have access to his or her community
  • Consider what barriers exist for participation and how can they be removed
  • Align the skills and interests with the recreational activity
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What does participation in Recreation and Leisure do for students?

Students who receive instruction and support in recreation and leisure related to:

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Peer Relationships and Social Inclusion

Taking part in recreational and leisure activities provides opportunities for social interaction and promotion of friendships.

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Enhancing Quality of Life

Participating in recreation and leisure activities has a positive impact on physical health, mental health, reduces stress, reduces behavioral challenges, promotes development of friendships and increases family satisfaction.

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Self-Esteem and Emotional Benefits

Being included in recreational and leisure activities promotes the student’s self -concept, self-esteem and self-worth. Participating in recreational activities may help in reducing and preventing emotional conditions, acting out, depression, trouble adjusting to situations, stress, anxiety and bad behavior.

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Transportation Skills

Traveling to do different hobbies can allow students to develop knowledge on how to get from one place to another by using transportation options that are available.

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