The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Unit provides year-round recreation, sport and leisure programs for children, teens, and adults who have difficulty participating in recreation due to the presence of a disability. Participants of Therapeutic Recreation programs include individuals with cognitive, neurological, physical, or emotional disabilities, and/or sensory impairments. A formal disability diagnosis is not required for participation.
|Recreation Supervisor||Cecilia Laufenberg, Recreation Therapist Certified|
|Recreation Coordinator||Devon Herbert, Recreation Therapist Certified|
Benefits to participation in Therapeutic Recreation programs may include improved social skills, enhanced self–esteem, increased independence and self-reliance, enhanced communication skills, eased fears, improved overall health, well-being, physical ability and functional ability, improved constructive use of leisure time, and elimination of boredom leading to reduced stress and anxiety. Benefits vary based on the individual and the program and are enhanced by communication between families and Therapeutic Recreation staff. The contribution of volunteers greatly enhances the individualized benefits to program participants.
Our park includes a one-of-a-kind "SensAbility Playground", an interactive play area stimulating senses and abilities. The playground features many unique play pieces including "Playville" miniature village, elevated sand table, "Sand Works", one backhoe digger, Tenor Marimba (a xylophone-like musical piece), Talking Bob, talking horns, a sign language panel, and several sensory panels. The play area is surfaced with sand and rubber, providing accessibility to approximately 60% of the playground.
The Rotary DreamCatcher Playground project is in the third and final phase of construction. For more information, please visit Rotary DreamCatcher. For donations, visit Play Conejo, the park district's non-profit charitable organization, and choose the DreamCatcher Playground option under Donation Type.
Other important staff members include Recreation Leaders Tracy Hull, Jamison Demorest, Michelle Bonds, and Amzie Meredith. Also, our Basketball & Tennis Coach Albert (Al) Rodriguez.
Volunteers are a very important part of therapeutic recreation services contributing over 7,000 hours of service annually. A variety of volunteer opportunities is available for those ages 13 and older, including students who need service hours. The Therapeutic Recreation Unit offers an outstanding internship program for college students majoring in therapeutic recreation and interested in state certification. Volunteer Application (required)
The Conejo Valley Therapeutic Advisory Council (CVTAC) provides advocacy, financial and volunteer support to Therapeutic Recreation Services. Members of this working committee represent various aspects of the special populations served by the Therapeutic Recreation Unit and help to guide the direction of the Therapeutic Recreation Unit. Guests or new members are always welcome. Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation Unit office for Council meeting information.
The current Therapeutic Recreation Unit Advisory Council members are Kelly Cox, Occupational Therapist; Donald Geagan, Sr., parent; Merja Reed, parent; Kevin Bradley, member at large; Susan Ward, parent; Richard Quinn, program participant; Cecilia Laufenberg, Conejo Recreation and Park District liaison; Donald Geagan, Jr., program participant; Laurie and Will Moodie, parents; Ron Weiss, QMRP, UCP agency representative.