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2016 Mid-Year Conference

February 7–9, 2016

San Antonio, Texas

The Use of Therapeutic Recreation Techniques in the Care of Children with Chronic Pain

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 1:00 PM–2:30 PM CST
Trinity (30 Classroom)
Session Description

The Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center at Boston Children’s Hospital recently introduced Therapeutic Recreation services into the multi-disciplinary team providing care to children and adolescents with chronic pain. This session will focus on the creation of the Therapeutic Recreation program including the development and implementation of leisure and time assessments, programming protocols and plans of care. Two multi-disciplianary case studies will be provided to compare and contrast the care provided for a patient with chronic headaches and a patient with CRPS. During these case studies, a hands on activity will be lead and time for sharing and interaction will be given to determine best possible practices for successful outcomes.

Learning Outcomes - Provide three measurable learning objectives for the session that relate to the NCTRC Job Anaylsis.

Attendees will understand the following:

Care for the Child with Chronic pain (headaches and CRPS) through facilitation and adaptation techniques of Therapeutic Recreation services within the multi-disciplinary team

How the PPRC (pediatric pain rehabilitation center) developed assessment and documentation instruments for Therapeutic Recereation programming

Human developmental stages: Human Behavior/principles of behavioral change and the contributions of play/recreation/ leisure in their care

Detailed Session Outline - Include time spent on each portion of the outline. An example is given in the help text.

Introduction to PPRC

Details about chronic pain

Review of developmental stages

Case study

Activity analysis and demonstration


Best Practices/ Outcomes for treatment

NCTRC Job Analysis.

Implementation: Selection of programs, Modalities and/or interventions

Target Audience
New Graduates/New Professionals
Mid-Career Professionals


Michelle M O'Hara, M.Ed, Boston Children's Hospital