Hey Chicken Soup for the Soul —
You claim there are not enough recreational therapists to create a book and that your company would need a large audience with millions of potential readers in order to make the very large financial investment required.
The truth is – Recreational Therapy stories inspire and they do reach millions of people.
Here are some world-famous examples of Recreational Therapy that got readers:
- Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer) had lost her arm in a shark attack. She had rec therapy to help her regain life skills. Plus – She is known to volunteer with Access Surf, an organization provided by Recreational Therapists to help people. Source: http://dannypettry.blogspot.com/2011/08/mark-marble-ctrs-bethany-hamilton.html
- Jaycee Dugard (A stolen life) was held captive for 18 years. She attributes horse-therapy as a major part of her healing. Her foundation provides funding so for animal therapy and other recreational therapies. Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/jaycee_dugard/jaycee-dugard-horse-therapy-18-year-abduction/story?id=14150520
- Aron Ralston is the author of “Stuck between a rock and a hard place.” He survived six days with his arm stuck under a bolder. He attributes his recreational therapist for teaching him how to use prosthetics and to get back out to daily functioning like driving a car, and eventually by to climbing. Source: http://aronralston.org/aron-ralston-getting-back-to-climbing/
- What about the veterans who receive recreational therapy through V.A. hospitals and wounded warriors?
- What about the children with illness who are at children’s hospitals who receive recreational therapy?
Recreational Therapist provide amazing services and their stories need to be told.
I think Chicken Soup should reconsider and give a book on Recreational Therapy a chance.
Rec Therapy Today