Therapeutic Recreation

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Therapeutic Recreation is a process that utilizes recreation and leisure to provide adaptation and support to individuals of all abilities within recreation programs and services. Participating in Therapeutic Recreation programs can promote independence and encourage improvement in social, emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing. 

Mission and Goals:         

Bedford Recreation Department's mission is to create and implement recreation programs that are inclusive to participants of all ages and abilities. This includes individuals with cognitive, developmental, social, emotional and intellectual disabilities.

Goals of Therapeutic Recreation:       

  • Enhance and enrich quality of life
  • Promote a positive leisure lifestyle
  • Access to inclusive recreation programs
  • Increase confidence
  • Create community engagement opportunities
  • Provide recreation and leisure resources


Our inclusion program provides extra support to participants during recreation programs. If you are interested in participating in any of our therapeutic recreation programs or would like to request inclusion support, please fill out our inclusion questionnaire. This allows us to meet the needs of each individual to the best of our abilities. Our Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will use this information to create a plan that ensures proper support during our recreation programs. Support can vary dependent on the needs of the participant. After submitting this form, you will then be contacted by our Therapeutic Recreation Specialist to go over any details or questions that you may have.


Fill out the Inclusion Questionnaire to request inclusion support for one or more of our Recreation Programs!

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       Therapeutic Recreation Specialist                      Alex Plodzik, CTRS             Alex Plodzik, CTRS is the Bedford Recreation Department's Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.  Alex graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied Recreation Management and Policy with a focus on Therapeutic Recreation. She completed her Therapeutic Recreation internship with Crotched Mountain School and Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports program. There, she specialized in working with children and adults with intellectual, developmental, emotional and physical disabilities. For the past four and a half years, Alex has worked as a Recreation Therapist for Tewksbury Hospital where she was able to create therapeutic recreation programming for adults with cognitive disabilities. Please reach out to Alex with questions about Therapeutic Recreation and/or inclusion services.

Alex Plodzik, CRTS                               

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