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Therapeutic Recreation and Physical and Developmental Disabilities

Course Code: THRT 2407
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible Delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course students will gain an appreciation of the strengths and diversities of persons living with physical and developmental disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation intervention and implementation strategies and techniques will be used to explore disability and disease related changes a person experiences when acquiring disability. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health is considered in its relationship to therapeutic recreation practice.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

Course content will be guided by research, empirical knowledge and best practice.  The following values and principles, consistent with professional standards, inform course content.

  • Increasing knowledge and understanding of a range of disabilities increases competence of TR practitioners
  • Building leisure and recreation life skills increases individuals' capacity to engage in meaningful and challenging activity, develop personal networks and wellbeing, and increase opportunities for community engagement
  • Understanding classification systems used in cross disciplinary practice enriches inter-professional collaboration
  • Advocating for the rights of all individuals is central to therapeutic recreation professional standards of practice
  • Developing adaptation techniques for increasing access to leisure experiences is integral to inclusion

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Group work
  • Student/media presentations
  • Community experiences
  • Skill development

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of:

  • written assignments
  • presentations 
  • testing
  • participation

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. explain characteristics of a variety of physical, neurological, intellectual and developmental disabilities
  2. discuss secondary implications of disability for people living with physical, neurological, intellectual and developmental disabilities
  3. analyze and justify the role and benefits of leisure and recreation opportunities and experiences for people living with a physical, neurological, intellectual or developmental disability using evidence-based research
  4. explore therapeutic recreation frameworks and interventions to solve problems that relate to diversity in abilities and disabilities including the principles of task analysis and adaptation
  5. explain the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health philosophy, codes and qualifiers and their relationship to therapeutic recreation practice

course prerequisites

BIOL 1205

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.