Recreational Respite offers care to individuals and their families, who reside in Alberta

Services Offered

During these challenging times, our team of Recreation Therapists and community partners have come together to create unique interactive and innovative virtual (online) services that will offer experiential outcomes through 1:1 and small groups.

To find out more about about re-opening ALBERTA, visit here:

Recreational Respite works with individuals and their families who face any barriers to participation in their community due to disability, mental health, displacement, injury, isolation, chronic illness or disorder. Our skills in recreation therapy, include being able to identify ways to remove the barriers that exist through various approaches in 1:1 or group settings. We strive for positive change and to reach desired outcomes through person centred engagement. We include the needs, abilities, strengths and interests of every individual we support and every approach we take through recreation. This ensures that targeted goals for mental health, emotional health and physical wellness and life skills are achieved.

We serve those in the following cities in Alberta (and surrounding areas): Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, and Red Deer.

Recreational Respite’s supports and services are recognized by public/ministry and private foundations for funding or reimbursement for families who qualify.

Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) or
Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)
Jordan’s Principle

1:1 Therapeutic Recreation (in home or community)

Recreational Respite has a team of recreation therapists. Their education and skill set is extensive and focused on identifying the barriers to participation, that might exist for children, youth and adults with disability and mental health. These barriers can often limit access to opportunities in the community and reduce or diminish an individual’s sense of self, role, worth and purpose. Recreation therapy (or therapeutic recreation) promotes engaging activity in order to support individuals to achieve individual goals and reach desired outcomes that could include: social skills, re-integration into family, school, work or community, participation, life skills, independence and identifying sense of role and purpose.

Programming that is offered in either our 1:1 or group setting (groups coming soon to Alberta!), is individualized based upon the needs, interests, abilities and strengths of the individual we are working with and the barriers we may be working towards removing, short or long term goals.
As a team, we focus on inclusion, emphasize participation and identify opportunities for engagement and is person centred.

Virtual Services

Recreation Therapists promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity for children, youth and adults with disabilities and mental health, across Canada. During the challenging and difficult time of COVID19, we know it is imperative to stay connected through creative and innovative ways. We take pride in the programs that we develop in-person and virtually. These group programs are offered virtually, for children, youth and adults with disabilities and mental health. Virtual sessions offer small group experiences, that promote engagement, social connectivity and are attached to experiential outcomes. The sessions are developed by our Recreation Therapist team. We have been collaborating with other organizations and individuals that can add their expertise or talent into our program sessions to make them even more interactive and fun!

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VIRTUAL PROGRAM (and their descriptions) or
Cost: $15.00 plus applicable taxes

RecRespite Metrics

RecRespite Metrics is a service that lends evaluation support within a funded project, by collecting data, measuring impact and defining the long term sustainability of a community projects’ objectives. The projects we can support in this capacity are striving for social change and long term sustainability of programs for those who otherwise face barriers to participation, engagement or active citizenship in their community. Our collaborative work has been with: school boards, non-profit organizations, community agencies, small and special interest groups and municipal and federal institutions.

Our RecRespite Metrics team has been involved in many successful and active community seed and grow grant projects that have included:

  • Immigration and Community
  • Reconciliation and youth, indigenous
  • Youth leadership
  • At-risk youth and animal wellness
  • Military family support and youth programs

Roles We Play

  1. Setting the right goals and objectives
    2. Evaluation
    3. Tracking
    4. Reporting

‘Build It’ Workshops

Our Build It workshops aim to provide independent skill mastery for children, youth and adults who want to acquire new skills with productive outcomes. These person centred workshops will cultivate life skills and promote self-care through topics that relate to:

  • social and interpersonal relationships,
  • employment and/or volunteer readiness,
  • leadership or entrepreneurship,
  • recreation and leisure interests,
  • financial literacy

Each workshop will contribute to inclusive and accessible opportunities and promote healthy avenues of independence.

Build It workshops are available for the following age groups:

  • Children and Youth (ages 6-12) Build It- Inclusive Kids/Chloe’s Friend Den
  • Teens (ages 13-18)
  • Young Adults (ages 18+)
  • Seniors, early onset dementia

Children and Youth
Chloe’s Friend Den (2, 4 and 6 session workshops)

Teens and Young Adults
Financial Literacy
Volunteerism and Leadership
Social Media and Health Habits
Communications (verbal and nonverbal)
Life Skills
Community Transitions
Responsible Pet Ownership
Leadership 2 Community Opportunities
Sexual Health and Relationships

Montessori Based Methods (for early onset dementia)

Mental Health
Self-Identifying Leisure Interests

1 workshop (1 hour) $24.50
2 workshop sessions (2 hours) $39.50
4 workshop sessions  (4 hours) $75.00

Group Programs

For many individuals, our group programs create a unique opportunity to engage socially in a small group setting.  The skill in our team serve to identify direction and needs in all of our programs and take an individualized look at what’s working for the participant and what isn’t. The small group setting promotes the development of new skills, self-worth and role, and peer to peer relationships. It encourages our participants to be actively engaged within their community.
Find a group in your community!

Cost ranges from $15.00 – $20.00 (plus applicable taxes) per group session

At the moment, we are offering virtual services to support our customers during COVID-19.

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