TCF Recreational Therapy Programs

Recreational Therapy is term used to refer to engagements that offer People with Paralysis (PwP) the skills and tools needed to function in society and increase one’s quality of life. Recreational therapy is a medical modality that uses therapy, in the form of recreation and education as a means of meeting one’s physical, mental, emotional and social goals.

Recreational therapy promotes independence in PwPs, helps in recovering basic body motor functions and improves energy levels. Psychologically, such engagements reduce stress and depression, build confidence, boost coping abilities that make it easier for them to reconnect with society with a different attitude.

TCF’s core service offered in it’s programs is Recreational Therapy interventions to aid improved functioning of individuals with disabling conditions.

I.C.E (I CAN Experience)

I.C.E is a monthly activity showcasing the resources, activities, events that are within our surrounding that would benefit people with paralysis living within the area. Mostly, such activities are designed for able bodied people simply because the knowhow to accommodate people with disability was not considered initially. TCF considers such opportunities, thinks through the idea and works it out with the people on the ground to adopt ideas that benefit PwPs.

Every month comes with a different event, and has made our beneficiaries look forward to new things they can do every time we meet, for it is an opportunity to leave the house. These events have also made the society become very accommodative, and open to learning how to handle PwPs without stigma, fear of not knowing how to handle them, or even ignorance. 90% of all our beneficiaries who have attended, always keep attending, they never miss an event, and the most frequent reason some miss is mainly because they have enrolled back to their jobs or have started businesses.

In the same percentile the motivation and inspiration experienced every month has ensured a remarkable decline of depression, a factor common to all when we meet them for the first time.

I.C.E activities have ranged from sports [e.g. wheelchair basketball, horse riding, ice skating, swimming etc.], entertainment [e.g. watching a 3D movie in the theatres, a play etc.], excursions [e.g. visiting the Museum etc.], learning driving etc. all of which have motivational talks incorporated.

C.O.T.E (Couples Out To Experience)

This is an annual event for couples who have been affected. 95% of families, within the first 3 years, find it difficult to cope with the new status. Most feel that they cannot deal with each other, and some even separate after their spouse acquires the injury.

TCF organizes a 2-3days C.O.T.E. event for the couple, working to rekindle their love back. We aim to create wonderful memories during the excursions by using the time taken for the often long travels, the fun activities, and we also invite marriage counseling experts during the getaway. Feedback we have gotten from most couples was that it was enough time to change the trajectory of their marriage positively. In this 3 days many questions are answered, and create new understanding that is found to sustain their lives together.

P.F.E (Peer and Family Experience)

Once every year TCF hosts all its beneficiaries and their loved ones for a session of sharing information, experiences, inspiration and expert knowledge in order to build strong supportive families to the injured persons. Expertise are invited to give moral support to the families directly affected by the new change of living status of their loved ones. Families get to meet each other which becomes a very useful moment, as knowing one’s challenges are commonly felt by other people helps considerably to demystify the future, and promotes sharing of positive coping mechanisms to ease the stress and resulting pressure to adapt.

D.A.T.E (Disability Accessibility Training Experience)

The reason some people in our society are passive, cold, unthoughtful and unfair to people with disability is because most of them are ignorant of the plight of the disabled person.

Some are aware of the plight, but most people only think of disability as a physical incapacitation, unaware that it has ramifications on not just the sufferer’s physical ability, but also the entire family’s financial resources, psychosocial, mental, emotional health etc.

So far, there is no organization that trains the society on how to handle or live with PwPs from a reintegration-to-society point of view the way TCF does.

One big organization in Kenya told us they outsourced people to come and handle people with disability simply because their staff were not enlightened on how to, and some even feared handling them even when we are willing to assist.

This became our inspiration as TCF to start this program. We came up with a curriculum that teaches ways of understanding and handling people with disabilities in general, and also how to interact with them in an empowering way, not a ‘pity-party’ way.

After the training, their story changed; not only do PwPs get good quality services from them, but some also got jobs from this institutions. Knowledge was shared that has made a difference making our society a more disability friendly environment

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