Arlington County Therapeutic Recreation

Arlington County Therapeutic Recreation The Therapeutic Recreation Office is part of Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation We provide specialized recreation services for individuals with disabilities of all ages.

Join us for adapted classes for youth and adults, camps, social clubs, family-centered programming, and leisure education. Or you can also request support and accommodations for general recreation programs, classes, and camps. We strive to have something for everyone!

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Can you pop a bubble with your toe? Get those big muscles moving with this body part bubble popping game: https://bit.ly...
12/29/2021
Body Part Bubble Pop - Kids Activities | Saving Money | Home Management | Motherhood on a Dime

Can you pop a bubble with your toe? Get those big muscles moving with this body part bubble popping game: https://bit.ly/3yTTp0i.

Blowing bubbles is a regular activity at our house. Try this simple variation for something new! 1) Blow bubbles and challenge your child to use different body parts to pop the bubbles. Popping bubbles with feet, knees, elbows, heads, and noses is a fun way to review body parts!

Grip the bubble wand as you dip it into the soapy liquid and then move it around to create a bubble blizzard to practice...
12/28/2021
Turn soap bubbles into magical frozen orbs

Grip the bubble wand as you dip it into the soapy liquid and then move it around to create a bubble blizzard to practice your fine motor skills. Cooler temperatures provide us with an exciting opportunity to create frozen bubbles! Learn how here: https://bit.ly/3mrpXJY.

Canadian photographer Chris Ratzlaff makes and photographs frozen bubbles—and you can do it too.

This week we are going to show you just how versatile bubbles really are.  To get started, check out this bubble blowing...
12/27/2021

This week we are going to show you just how versatile bubbles really are. To get started, check out this bubble blowing mindfulness activity that will help you float some calm into your life: https://bit.ly/3ss1sjq.

This week we are going to show you just how versatile bubbles really are. To get started, check out this bubble blowing mindfulness activity that will help you float some calm into your life: https://bit.ly/3ss1sjq.

Have you noticed any of the homes or businesses in your neighborhood decorated for the holidays?  A wonderful activity t...
12/24/2021

Have you noticed any of the homes or businesses in your neighborhood decorated for the holidays? A wonderful activity to do with friends and family is to take an evening stroll around the block and take in the sights. Know of a good neighborhood to check out? Please share in the comments.

Have you noticed any of the homes or businesses in your neighborhood decorated for the holidays? A wonderful activity to do with friends and family is to take an evening stroll around the block and take in the sights. Know of a good neighborhood to check out? Please share in the comments.

Did you know that following verbal and written directions is a vital communication skill?  What better way to practice t...
12/23/2021
20 Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids - MyRecipes

Did you know that following verbal and written directions is a vital communication skill? What better way to practice these skills than to follow a recipe to bake a yummy treat. Don your chef’s hat and apron and check out these easy cookie recipes to get you started: https://bit.ly/3yAECHr.

These quick, low-ingredient cookies are perfect for kids of all ages. Get the easy recipes here.

12/22/2021

In an era highly influenced by technology, we can sometimes forget how the simplest of games can be endless fun. Remember parachute games? Timeless fun that work those big muscle groups, strengthening your gross motor skills! Learn how to use a bed sheet to play all your favorite parachute games here: https://bit.ly/3dXvdjU.

Still no snow to build that famous snowman, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see our bulbous friend this winter season.  C...
12/21/2021
Snowman Fine Motor Fun

Still no snow to build that famous snowman, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see our bulbous friend this winter season. Check out how you can use your fine motor skills to make your own snowman here: https://bit.ly/30BPOqX. For an extra challenge, use tweezers or chops sticks.

Here is a fun snowman fine motor activity that you can make for your kids. Kids fill the snowman with snow and attach eyes, nose, mouth, and accessories. This is a perfect fine motor activity for your winter themed centers in preschool, pre-k or kindergarten.

Gather your family and friends and join Movies on the Deck with Parks and Rec on Friday, January 7 at the Madison Commun...
12/17/2021

Gather your family and friends and join Movies on the Deck with Parks and Rec on Friday, January 7 at the Madison Community Center where we will be showing Disney and Pixar’s Soul. Register here beginning Monday, December 20th: https://bit.ly/3kDI8v5.

Gather your family and friends and join Movies on the Deck with Parks and Rec on Friday, January 7 at the Madison Community Center where we will be showing Disney and Pixar’s Soul. Register here beginning Monday, December 20th: https://bit.ly/3kDI8v5.

12/16/2021
The Emotions Bowl – teaching kids about emotions and how to regulate them

The more we talk about emotions, the more we understand them. Understanding emotions not only helps us communicate what we need, but also helps us understand others. Check out this Emotions Bowl activity where you can practice talking about your emotions and listening to others as they share their experiences with emotions: https://bit.ly/3EIzHqj.

May 17 The Emotions Bowl – teaching kids about emotions and how to regulate them By Alissa ZornMy brother was seeking a way to stay close to his kids during a very tumultuous time in his life and he asked the advice of a family counselor. She suggested the emotions bowl – this is a wonderful too...

Reaching across your body, also known as crossing the midline, is gross motor movement important for brain development. ...
12/15/2021
Fun foam on the Mirror - Therapy Fun Zone

Reaching across your body, also known as crossing the midline, is gross motor movement important for brain development. Move those big muscles and strengthen your brain with this fun foam activity: https://bit.ly/338M7ty.

One of my absolute favorite activities with young kids is playing with fun foam shapes on a mirror.

No snow on the ground yet means it’s a good time to make our own snowflakes and practice some fine motor skills.  Check ...
12/14/2021
Beautiful Popsicle Stick Snowflakes Ornament Craft

No snow on the ground yet means it’s a good time to make our own snowflakes and practice some fine motor skills. Check out this unique twist on making DIY snowflakes: https://bit.ly/3dEi0MF.

Kids will have fun making these popsicle stick snowflakes with easy paper quilling! Icy colored popsicle sticks and silver paper make this ornament craft a beautiful addition to any Christmas tree.

“Reading positive affirmations can build confidence while also creating a sense of calm.” Use this list of self-talk sta...
12/13/2021
Positive Thinking Affirmations & Self-Talk - SEL Activity

“Reading positive affirmations can build confidence while also creating a sense of calm.” Use this list of self-talk statements to find the ones that resonate with you and then say them to yourself when you need a boost of self-regulation: https://bit.ly/33cl8gF.

Use these 100+ free positive thinking affirmations and self-talk statements to help kids and young adults build confidence, learn healthy coping strategies, and start the day off strong. This resource includes a 3-page printable list of positive affirmations and a student worksheet to record individ...

Tis the season for ice skating!  Gather your family and friends and join us for Adapted Ice Skating at the Medstar Icepl...
12/13/2021

Tis the season for ice skating! Gather your family and friends and join us for Adapted Ice Skating at the Medstar Iceplex on Sunday December 19th from 12:30pm-2:30pm. The event, for families with a member with a disability, is free to register and $1 skate rentals will be available onsite. Register here: https://bit.ly/3m08kzS.

Tis the season for ice skating! Gather your family and friends and join us for Adapted Ice Skating at the Medstar Iceplex on Sunday December 19th from 12:30pm-2:30pm. The event, for families with a member with a disability, is free to register and $1 skate rentals will be available onsite. Register here: https://bit.ly/3m08kzS.

Effective communications skills involve both speaking clearly and being an active listener.  Check out this partner acti...
12/09/2021
Back To Back Drawing Game - Team Building Activity

Effective communications skills involve both speaking clearly and being an active listener. Check out this partner activity that helps you practice both: https://bit.ly/3GaHehM

The goal of the game Back to Back Drawing is for a team to perceive what object or image they must draw by just hearing certain verbal instructions.

Get your big muscles moving while also practicing the alphabet with this fun bean bag activity: https://bit.ly/3pnctzx. ...
12/08/2021
Beanbag Alphabet Fun - Gross Motor and Body Awareness Activity

Get your big muscles moving while also practicing the alphabet with this fun bean bag activity: https://bit.ly/3pnctzx. Can you make it through the entire alphabet? If you don’t have a bean bag at home, try it with a sock or a resealable plastic bag filled with sand.

Beanbag Alphabet Fun: Get your free download to move through the alphabet with your beanbags to practice body awareness and gross motor skills.

We do not always get a lot of snow here in Northern Virginia. Never fear! You can make your own snowflakes and practice ...
12/07/2021
DIY Rubber Band Snowflake Art

We do not always get a lot of snow here in Northern Virginia. Never fear! You can make your own snowflakes and practice your fine motor skills with this rubber band snowflake activity: https://bit.ly/3rrXdEh.

Orly Shani is getting you into the holiday spirit with this fun DIY made out of giant rubber bands.

It is normal to need to use your coping skills more during the winter months.  Consider putting together a coping toolbo...
12/06/2021
Building a Coping Toolbox

It is normal to need to use your coping skills more during the winter months. Consider putting together a coping toolbox to have on hand whenever you need to self-regulate. Get inspired here: https://bit.ly/3GaI6my.

As summer approaches, I always find myself thinking about specific students and wondering how they will do at home all summer long. One simple activity I like to do with them before the end of the year is build a coping toolbox that they can use at home during the summer.

One of our favorite things to do this season is to experience the various holiday light displays.  Such a fun activity t...
12/03/2021
2021 Holiday Lights in the Northern Virginia DC Area

One of our favorite things to do this season is to experience the various holiday light displays. Such a fun activity to do with family and friends. Check out all the locations where you can experience outdoor holiday lights in the NOVA/DC area here: https://bit.ly/3FGH4yr.

Discover the best holiday lights in the Northern Virginia and DC area including professional displays and neighborhood shows to spark your holiday spirit.

Picture this:  you are in a grocery store and you need help finding an item.  Who do you ask?  What do you say to get th...
12/02/2021
Pragmatic Language: What To Say

Picture this: you are in a grocery store and you need help finding an item. Who do you ask? What do you say to get their attention and ask for help? Going up to someone we don’t know and starting up a conversation can be intimidating but practicing what to do and say can help you feel confident. Use this activity to practice pragmatic language; the communication skill of using different language approaches when talking to different listeners: https://bit.ly/3oRI0tb.

This fun lesson gives your students a chance to practice pragmatic language together with a variety of greetings across different social settings.

Let's get moving with this indoor Winter themed activity: https://bit.ly/3DH1yql! Similar to the game "Simon Says", use ...
12/01/2021
Indoor Winter Activity {Free Printable}

Let's get moving with this indoor Winter themed activity: https://bit.ly/3DH1yql! Similar to the game "Simon Says", use pretend play to get all dressed up for winter! This creative activity is a great way to get everyone giggling and moving their big muscles as they complete the actions.

It's so hard to keep the kids active in the winter, especially when we have cold temperatures and no snow. At least when there is snow on the ground, they are excited to get outside

The leaves have fallen, and we are hearing the all too familiar sound of them crunching beneath our feet.  While you are...
11/30/2021
Fall Leaf Rubbing Activity

The leaves have fallen, and we are hearing the all too familiar sound of them crunching beneath our feet. While you are walking about, pick up a few of your favorite leaves and memorialize them while also working on your fine motor skills with this leaf rubbing activity: https://bit.ly/3HRlNEq.

It is amazing how many kids have never done a fall leaf rubbing before. My mother in-law is always commenting how many kids she comes across in her job that have never done it before.

Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?  It happens to the best of us.  You can use this Mindful Morni...
11/29/2021
Mindful Morning Check-In | Digital & Print SEL Activity

Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? It happens to the best of us. You can use this Mindful Morning Check-in tool to turn a dysregulated morning into a fabulous one: https://bit.ly/3DNGChx. Consider making it a daily habit to get each day started off feeling ready.

Use this free poster and activity to encourage a more mindful day for kids and teens (and adults, too!). The poster includes both digital and printable pages to allow students to write in their responses if they choose.Students will:Slowly take five deep breaths.List four things they can see or noti...

Happy Thanksgiving!  Gathering with your family and friends around the dinner table is a great way to practice starting ...
11/25/2021
Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation Cards

Happy Thanksgiving! Gathering with your family and friends around the dinner table is a great way to practice starting a conversation, an important communication skill. Not sure how to start a conversation? Check out these conservation starters to help you on your way: https://bit.ly/3cpi1mR.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!  All of us in the TR Office are so very thankful to be recreating with you!  We hope that your day ...
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving!! All of us in the TR Office are so very thankful to be recreating with you! We hope that your day is filled with laughter and love.

Happy Thanksgiving!! All of us in the TR Office are so very thankful to be recreating with you! We hope that your day is filled with laughter and love.

Practicing gross motor skills isn’t all just fun and games.  Activities meant to work your big muscles can focus on help...
11/24/2021
Table Setting Thanksgiving Activity for Kids - The Inspired Treehouse

Practicing gross motor skills isn’t all just fun and games. Activities meant to work your big muscles can focus on helping around your home too! Get the whole family involved in this fun table setting game and before you know it you will be all set for a tasty meal: https://bit.ly/3kIgY6q.

Are you on the lookout for fun and easy Thanksgiving activities for kids? This game will get kids in the spirit of the feasting season

The holiday season can be dysregulating for many reasons, including changes in schedules and routines, the excitement of...
11/22/2021
Thanksgiving Mindfulness Activity - The OT Toolbox

The holiday season can be dysregulating for many reasons, including changes in schedules and routines, the excitement of being around loved ones, different food, traveling, decorating, the list goes on. Remember to breathe to help you regulate when you are feeling out of control. Check out this turkey who can help you take deep breaths: https://bit.ly/3kI8A6Q.

This thanksgiving mindfulness activity teachers kids mindfulness and gratitude with a turkey theme! Perfect for holiday sensory overload and self-awareness.

Having good social skills helps you achieve your goals, communicate effectively, and form relationships.  Check out this...
11/19/2021
How to Improve Social Skills Teens Need for Life! And a Freebie!

Having good social skills helps you achieve your goals, communicate effectively, and form relationships. Check out this tool used to practice your social skills in real life scenarios that includes verbal and non-verbal cues: http://bit.ly/3nFgCvT.

If you need some ideas for how to improve teen social skills that they need in their daily lives, and a freebie, keep on reading!

Effectively working with a team to accomplish a goal involves important communication skills. Use this activity to devel...
11/18/2021
Can You Save Fred?

Effectively working with a team to accomplish a goal involves important communication skills. Use this activity to develop teamwork and cooperative skills through communication and socialization: http://bit.ly/2NOOsCf. As a team, can you save Fred and get him into the boat safe and sound? If you don’t have gummies, you can use string/yarn and a ring of tape instead.

Kids will love this cooperative activity that builds teamwork, planning, communication, and fine motor skills.

11/17/2021

Corn is a delicious Fall food, and if you are the one preparing the corn, shucking it all can be exhausting. Why not turn it into a game and get the whole family to help while also getting some gross motor skill practice? Check out how to facilitate your very own corn husk relay and other fall fun here: https://bit.ly/3C3vMlE.

Movies on the Deck with Parks and Rec is moving indoors for the winter season! Join us at Madison Community Center on Fr...
11/16/2021

Movies on the Deck with Parks and Rec is moving indoors for the winter season! Join us at Madison Community Center on Friday, December 3rd from 6-8 p.m. for a showing of ‘Frozen’ on the big screen. Register here: https://bit.ly/3kDI8v5

Movies on the Deck with Parks and Rec is moving indoors for the winter season! Join us at Madison Community Center on Friday, December 3rd from 6-8 p.m. for a showing of ‘Frozen’ on the big screen. Register here: https://bit.ly/3kDI8v5

Got any pumpkins, squash, or other gourds laying around?  You can use them to practice fine motor skills while creating ...
11/16/2021
Pumpkin Geoboard STEM to Try this Fall

Got any pumpkins, squash, or other gourds laying around? You can use them to practice fine motor skills while creating a geoboard. Learn how here: https://bit.ly/3qjDvd5.

Make a pumpkin geoboard this fall for an amazing STEM activity. It's a very simple set up and HOURS of learning fun for the kids.

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Does anyone have experience with Teens Going Places? Thanks!