Effects of a Therapeutic Recreation Intervention using Exercise: A Case Study with a Child with Cerebral Palsy


  • Diane Groff
  • Emily Lawrence
  • Suzanne Grivna


Therapeutic Recreation, Exercise, Cerebral Palsy


Exercising regularly at an early age promotes lifelong fitness. As promoting healthy lifestyles for people with disabilities has been identified as a national priority, the benefits of conducting therapeutic interventions to foster healthy lifestyles in children with disabilities also has become increasingly apparent. This case report describes a 6-week therapeutic recreation program using an exercise intervention in a home-based setting to improve the physical functioning of a child with cerebral palsy. Interventions included walking, sit-ups, push-ups, hand grip strengthener, and soccer. Results indicated that the client partially met his goals of increasing muscular strength, muscular endurance, and gross motor skill. Implications for practitioners are presented along with suggestions for the future.





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