Therapeutic Recreation (TR)

Therapeutics RecreationOld Meadows Center
1600 Marview Dr, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

2019 Registration Dates



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
 Phone 805-381-2739
 Fax 805-381-2874

Benefits of Therapeutic Recreation

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.

DreamCatcher Playground

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.


Other important staff members include Recreation Specialist- Anthony Nzeribe and Recreation Leaders-  Emily Hare, Melanie Gonzalez, Billy Edwards and Nikki Hrach. Also, Contract Instructors Bob Noonan, Rachel Schamp, Amzie Mattson, Fumiko Hamada, Mary Abraham, Sydney Garcia and Wilder Gould.


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)

Inclusion Policy

Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) strives to enrich the quality of life through the provision of quality recreation programs. We welcome people with disabilities in all recreation opportunities provided by CRPD, both through specialized options (Therapeutic Recreation) and inclusion alternatives.Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 805-381-2739 or for further information on program choices, for help with making a selection, or to request a program modifications. In order to evaluate and seek to reasonably accommodate your individual needs, we ask that you let us know of any requested modifications at the time of your registration.

CRPD has developed an internal grievance procedure for prompt and equitable resolution of
complaints alleging any action prohibited by the United States Department of Justice regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Complaints should be addressed in writing to ADA Compliance Officer, Conejo Recreation and Park District, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 or by email at

• A complaint should contain the name and address of the person filing it, and briefly
describe the alleged violation of the regulations.
• A complaint should be filed within 30 days of the alleged violation.
• CRPD will conduct an investigation and notify the complainant of its findings within 30
days from receiving the written complaint.

Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies. CRPD strives to have all participants enjoy their experience in our programs and works to handle all concerns in a timely and fair manner.

Advisory Council

The Conejo Valley Therapeutic Advisory Committee (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 Committee meeting information.

Special Needs Recreation Services Directory (PDF)