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Two Years of Progress: Therapeutic Recreation with a Person with Mental Retardation and Mental Illness

Sharon M. Malley


Individuals with mental retardation and mental illness often have diminished opportunity to experience autonomy. This case study describes the approach of the TRS in working with an adult with mental retardation and mental illness who has been deinstitutionalized. Intervention occurred over a two year period, with assessments conducted prior to the first year, between the first and second years, and at the end of the second year. The TRS worked closely with the interdisciplinary team resulting in improvements in independent leisure functioning.


Mental Illness, Mental Retardation, Therapeutic Recreation, Deinstitutionalization. Autonomy

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