Resources Available on the Internet

Submitted by: Debbie Hommel

There are countless resources available on the internet.  It is common practice for the recreation therapist and activity professional to have a collection of favorites.  Danny asked me to share a few of mine.

Adaptive Equipment: We are lucky to be able to find almost anything we need to meet the needs of clients with a quick google search as there are many sites offering adaptive equipment.  Some specialize in addressing low vision or hearing loss such as the National Federation of the Blind ( or Hearing Loss Association of America ( These sites offer resources at a local level as well as various devices to increase independence.  There are many sites which have a variety of adaptive equipment but the one I have found to offer the largest variety is Independent Living Aids (  They offer a number of items which contribute to greater independence and an improved quality of life.  You can check out additional resources here:

Dementia:  My work is primarily with geriatrics so I am constantly seeking additional resources on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care.  I have found the ADEAR Center ( which is affiliated with the National Institute of Aging, offers many helpful resources which can be used in training.  Along with the ADEAR Center, the Alzheimer’s Association ( web site has abundant information which can be used in training and education as well.  Many of the publications on both sites can be printed out and shared with staff and families.  There are some excellent videos which can be used in in-services and some of the publications are available in Spanish.

Online Education: The growth in non-traditional education has been immense in recent years.  There are many opportunities for education through webinars, on line seminars, and independent study.  Before purchasing this type of education, it is good practice to review the validity and reliability of the education source.  One should also check with their certifying body to determine the type of on line education they will accept.  Many colleges offer professional continuing education along with their accredited college courses.  The University of Tasmania in Australia ( offers an excellent free 30 hour continuing education program on understanding dementia. Danny Pettry, ( the sender of this newsletter, offers a wide variety of this type of training directed to the recreation therapist.  My site also offers courses which are relevant to the recreation therapist. You can check them out here:

Programming:  The most popular new place to secure programming resources, along with anything else, seems to be Pinterest (  It is the new “go-to” site to find specific activity ideas and specific interventions for particular needs.  A search of therapeutic recreation pulls up programs, devices, quotations and much more.  More specific searches can pull up even more resources.  One can then save the pins to a personal page or follow particular pages of interest. You are invited to follow my page (DebbieHommel).  The TR Directory ( has a nice collection of programming interventions, organized in categories.

My site also has a variety of sites saved focusing on horticulture therapy, themes, aromatherapy, reminiscing and more.

No Cost Resources from Indiana University’s ScholarWorks

Submitted by: David R. Austin, Ph.D., FDRT, FALS, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

Below are specific resources available to recreational therapy students, faculty, and practitioners who wish to take advantage the Indiana University Library’s ScholarWorks program. And all are free resources.

Glossary of Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy

  • No cost access to the Glossary of Recreation Therapy and Occupational Therapy is available via the Indiana University Library’s ScholarWorks program. The Glossary provides a handy tool for RT students from their introduction to recreational therapy course through their internships. All faculty instructing the introduction to RT course should list this resource on the syllabus so students become familiar with it. Another use of the Glossary has been as a resource for those preparing for the NCTRC exam to review terms that appear on the exam. To access the Glossary type the title into your search box or go to:

Recreational Therapy Videos

All 23 videos produced through Indiana University’s Recreation Therapy Video Project are available at no cost via streaming through the IU Library’s ScholarWorks program. The titles of videos available at no cost are:

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Case studies
  • Clinical supervision
  • Computer use in therapeutic recreation
  • Documentation and behavioral observation
  • Effective listening
  • Feedback in learning and performance situations
  • History of therapeutic recreation parts I, II, III
  • Individual program planning
  • Interactions with people who have disabilities
  • Models of practice : health protection/health promotion model
  • Models of practice : leisure ability model
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Portraits of pioneers in therapeutic recreation
  • Professional ethics
  • Professionalism in therapeutic recreation
  • Quality of life
  • Safe transportation : safely transporting clients
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Therapeutic recreation history : the formative years
  • Therapeutic recreation history: the modern era
  • To serve a purpose
  • Transfer techniques


The video “To Serve a Purpose” offers an overview of recreational therapy and is often used in introductory courses in recreational therapy. Other titles regularly employed in RT instructional programs include: “Professional Ethics” and “History of Therapeutic Recreation Parts I, II, III.” Several of the videos have been used by practitioners when presenting in-service training for recreational therapists or kindred professionals.

To access any of the RTV videos, type into the search box Recreation Therapy Videos and look for Indiana University ScholarWorks or go to