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Assessment Tools Used By Recreation Therapists

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i'ma student doing an assignment and i'm looking for assessments that agencies use any help would be appreciated
Posted by anonymous
Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 09:02:11 (CDT), IP Address: 20518599157

looking for discharge form developed in activities for short stay rehabilitation.Can anybody help me?
Posted by anonymous
Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at 17:12:56 (CDT), IP Address: 96577726
Hi,I am a Recreation Therapy intern at a mental health hospital, part of my project for my internship is to come up with an assessment for lack of motivation or interest. Many patients respond with 'nothing' when asked about their interests. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My email is
Posted by anonymous
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 23:19:48 (CDT), IP Address: 6518223852
Hi There! I am a Recreational Therapist at an adult day center in Maine. We are hoping to find new assessments to do to better obtain necessary information on our members. I am curious, does anyone have any assessments that they use in a community/outpatient setting that they are willing to share? Any care plan suggestions would also be most helpful! Thank you so much! Currently we use: Mini Mental Status Exam, Recreation and Leisure History, the Geriatric Depression Scale and are undergoing the Allen Cognitive Training.
Posted by Heidi
Thursday, July 02, 2015 at 12:03:38 (CDT), IP Address: 6655205170
, April 28, 2015 at 20:22:13 (CDT), IP Address: 73188162173
Looking for a short survey tool for assessing the current activities / recreation programming and resident satisfaction in a long-term care facility with a high sub-acute short-stay unit.
Posted by Joan Renner
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 13:13:58 (CDT), IP Address: 24154888
TR assessment class
Posted by anonymous
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 12:40:38 (CDT), IP Address: 10414350135
Looking to find out what assessment tools are being utilized within mental health facilities. Oregon State Hospital is a secured inpatient psych. facility that has done away with the CERT. I'm starting a research project regarding tools that could be a better fit. I would appreciate any feedback as a starting point.
Posted by Whitney
Monday, September 02, 2013 at 18:13:31 (CDT), IP Address: 713224369
1. want to know the assestment form that can be used forthe complex care long term children with ventilation. 2. any suggestions regarding the activities that could be used for these population.
Posted by sindhu
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 02:19:29 (CDT), IP Address: 213130121182
Question: I am a CTRS working on an 44 bed inpatient physical rehab unit. Previously OT covered the leisure part of eval when I am off or when patients are admitted on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I was told that I would have to cover all these evals on Monday; however this exceeds the 72 hour rule. What do I need to do?
Posted by anonymous
Friday, February 08, 2013 at 12:01:46 (CST), IP Address: 64138236194
I love using excel to make forms and surveys. I made a list of options that the patients can do IN the hospital to see what their interests were that I could do with them there. And in a separate section on the form is a list of things they enjoy that we do not offer. This way I could engage with them in the hospital and connect them with others with the same interests AND I can see where they might want to be discharged to and see what is in the community they can outreach to. I just have them put a check in the column with the things they like to do on both lists on the same sheet
Posted by Donna
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 16:44:49 (CST), IP Address: 7143124242
My hospital recently went to Electronic Documentation. However, I am having difficulty figuring out how to install the Recreation Therapy Assessment Tool to this our 'CERNER' system. Is anyone else using electronic charting? If so, will you please forward the information to me? Thank you
Posted by Norma
Friday, July 06, 2012 at 09:18:18 (EDT), IP Address: 6778143131
We are beginning a new way of writing care plans. I was asked (as a supervisor) to provide some tools for using with the assessments.
Posted by anonymous
Monday, August 15, 2011 at 13:43:48 (EDT), IP Address: 2165788206
Iam a recreational student looking for ideas for assessment tools for individual batteling anorexia
Posted by latinna ferrer
Thursday, May 05, 2011 at 21:51:59 (EDT), IP Address: 69126169106
I am a student looking for assignment info
Posted by anonymous
Monday, April 18, 2011 at 03:12:12 (EDT), IP Address: 144131203178
J. Shank's Activities as a Coping Scale- inpatient psych
Posted by Krissy Couture
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 at 11:21:40 (EDT), IP Address: 6839255200
I am working in a recreational program but as a therapist and we are working on project to see if recreational outings(kayaking, hiking) can promote family unification. I was wondering what measurement tool/tools that might be applicable for this. Thank you.
Posted by Karen
Thursday, January 06, 2011 at 01:49:55 (EST), IP Address: 761053515
spinal cord injury assessments
Posted by Ann
Monday, December 20, 2010 at 14:51:43 (EST), IP Address: 15213110195
I am a student looking for information about an assignment i am completing. I need to find out what types of assesment(s) would recreation therpaist use to asses a adolescents group of females with anorexia and bulimia diorders?
Posted by anonymous
Thursday, December 02, 2010 at 18:20:16 (EST), IP Address: 173210169196
In need of a tool to do an assessment of recreation and leisure interests and abilities
Posted by anonymous
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 09:39:52 (EDT), IP Address: 3899176122
never received a defiency
Posted by anonymous
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 at 13:41:29 (EDT), IP Address: 2061444397
Hi can someone post on here a client activity assessment form and an evaluation form im studying at them moment and need one please asap
Posted by Alma
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 00:39:24 (EDT), IP Address: 581071288
I am a student, looking for an assessment to use in a small rehab facility of 15 youth, females, with anerexia or bulimia, in order to find participants baseline knowledge of communituy leisure resources. can you help.
Posted by anonymous
Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 20:01:33 (EDT), IP Address: 1743198233
Looking for a sample of an assesment tool used to evluate residents/ cliets.
Posted by Amber
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 09:56:52 (EDT), IP Address: 661342299
I am lookin for an assesment to use with Active Duty Military for mental health purposes. I work with several types of patients on the base including the Psych. unit and outpatient groups. I need help with assesment ideas as well as building the program here since RT is new to this base and I was the only one hired. Thanks in advance.
Posted by Erin
Friday, June 18, 2010 at 10:35:58 (EDT), IP Address: 214124249
Looking for an evaluation tool for assessing the current recreation programming and resident satisfaction, in an Assisted Living Community. Senior Living campus, consists of Independent, enriched and memory care apts. All levels of care can utilize programming.
Posted by Maureen
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 22:48:59 (EDT), IP Address: 6920568248
I am a Activities Organiser in a residential nursing home for frail, elderly residents. I am searching for an activities assessment form which would help me assess the residents capabilities. I can be contacted on Thank you.
Posted by Marie Galligan
Friday, May 14, 2010 at 06:25:34 (EDT), IP Address: 625697215
currently working with a company that is expanding the use of RT in to serving our day treatment program for youth to meet the new MRO changes in the state of Indiana. Does any one have an assessment that they use that you would be willing to share.
Posted by Rebecca Hanes
Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 09:34:49 (CST), IP Address: 21611797193
Using an assessment that we developed, expected to assess all patients w/in 72 hrs. need assessment and referral process ideas for acute psy unit, pts.stay 3-5 days on avg.
Posted by anonymous
Thursday, October 01, 2009 at 13:18:36 (EDT), IP Address: 192251175175
Does anyone use FIM scales for Recreation Therapy? If so would you share some ideas?
Posted by anonymous
Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 19:38:23 (CDT), IP Address: 6811423010

I need an assessment tool for transistions programs for veterans. Please help!Thanks!
Posted by anonymous
Monday, August 11, 2008 at 14:11:13 (CDT), IP Address: 1985947100
I am working at a brand new residential facility and we are having difficulty determining the best assessment to use for LTC and Skilled care. Please help with any advice.
Posted by anonymous
Monday, July 21, 2008 at 15:10:22 (CDT), IP Address: 1651768193
Looking for assessment form rehab setting.Thanks.
Posted by anonymous
Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 20:07:44 (CDT), IP Address: 24205184123
I am searching for an appropriate TR assessment tool to be used in a senior day program setting. Please let me know what assessment(s) you have found successful.
Posted by anonymous
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 13:16:34 (CDT), IP Address: 706932184
I am interested in assessment tools used in public school settings. I am working on developing one, and would like to see what is being used.
Posted by anonymous
Monday, March 31, 2008 at 11:57:12 (CST), IP Address: 13217721120

i am in search for a recreational assessment tool that would be good for children with mental illness. is there any advise that could share to me? please send me email at Thank you
Posted by anonymous
Friday, March 14, 2008 at 19:07:21 (CST), IP Address: 2038616436

I'm looking for the Leisure Satisfaction Scale-Short Form to use for a research paper for my RMYL 487 class. Does anyone have a lead as to where I can get a copy?
- Monday, February 11, 2008 at 18:41:44 (CST), IP Address: 1281870178

I'm interested in learning new intervention strategies for persons that are a 1 or 2 on the Rancho Scale.
- Friday, February 01, 2008 at 02:59:32 (CST), IP Address: 245242209
Im looking for recreation therapy test in assisted living setting.I hope I can get some information.
- Friday, January 11, 2008 at 14:49:01 (CST), IP Address: 21623249104
I am looking for an assessment tool for a in patient psychiatry unit. The pts. come for short term treatment and stabilization. The pts. range from psycho geriatric to neuro psych. adults. Email
- Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 13:31:17 (CST), IP Address: 2042391482
Does anyone know of an assessment tool to use with individuals with profound mental retardation living in an ICF/MR setting??? Please contact me at
- Monday, November 19, 2007 at 13:44:33 (CST), IP Address: 198252245194
I'm planning to conduct a psychoeducational group for children ages 8-10 dealing with spina bifida. I need a self-esteem survey for this age group. Any suggestions?
- Monday, November 05, 2007 at 18:24:15 (CST), IP Address: 1341392357
it was great!
- Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 15:21:32 (CST), IP Address: 1997339242
- Thursday, October 04, 2007 at 05:34:18 (CDT), IP Address: 2117724128
I am looking for a leisure interest assessment/survey for PINS and probation youth. It is for an after school detention alternative program and I need some way of finding out what the youth enjoy (when asked most say «nothing».)
- Monday, September 24, 2007 at 10:53:36 (CDT), IP Address: 661627267
Studying recreation therapy at Arizona State
- Wednesday, September 05, 2007 at 22:01:48 (CDT), IP Address: 24251166155
Could anyone recommend an assessment for an inpatient VA setting, patients have PTSD, stay for only 26 days, will have 25-30 new patients every month, only work 20 hours per week, don't want to spend all of time doing assessment, but want something that will be beneficial. Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please respond to
- Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 10:48:49 (CDT), IP Address: 152130675
Surveys (once a month) Interviewing Patients Attendance Log
- Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 13:22:44 (CDT), IP Address: 1431044982
I am hoping to do a study determining the effects of therapeutic riding program on quality of life. Does anybody have suggestions for any quality of life assessment tools? Thank you! E-mail:
- Monday, November 20, 2006 at 15:46:44 (CST), IP Address: 21621160164
Regarding CERT for Psychiatric setting. The STate of Calif Dept of Mental health uses it as an annual update. This CERT was changed slightly for state hospital needs. Most likely the state will dump this assessment. It does not reflect or allow for the daily/weekly drastic moodswings, personality changes, and functional abilities that are affected by these changes. There are other reasons too. If anyone has any assesments they use for mental health settings I would be interested in recieving a copy. I am on a hospital committee that is addressing the assessment process. Please send to Thank you
- Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 00:09:39 (CST), IP Address: 20720011614
I am interested in implementing a therapeutic horseback riding program (with a therapeutic riding stable) for the veterans at a VA facility were I work as a co-op student. Our residents include individuals with dementia, PTSD and CVA. What assessment tools would be appropriate for these populations? Thank you. Please send any assistance to
TR student
- Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 16:52:24 (CST), IP Address: 1311232179
I was wondering if any youth psychiatry facilities use the teen leisure scope plus assessment?? If so, i would love to hear from you, and if not, I would be very interested in what assessments you do use. I am working on my honours thesis and could really use the help from those in the field. Thank you so much, I really appreciate your me at
- Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 14:17:15 (CST), IP Address: 2467253203
I would like to know what depression assessment tools to use in seniors. You can e-mail me at
- Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 01:47:05 (CDT), IP Address: 210193135117
I would like to know what assessment tools to use in seniors to screen for depression
- Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 01:35:35 (CDT), IP Address: 210193135117
I was wondering if anyone who uses the Cert-physical disabilities assessement could get back to me., I need to know who uses it and why you use it?
- Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 19:19:02 (CDT), IP Address: 70819756
Does anyone have a copy of the CERT scale for behavioral patients in psychiatry?
- Wednesday, October 04, 2006 at 13:13:57 (CDT), IP Address: 19924323913
please show me an assessment of what leisure activities a person participates in so the counselor has a better understanding of how they live when its down time,this is for evaluation for drug 28 day rehab, thanks andy park LCSW, clinical manager, Stuyvesant Square-Beth Israel Medical Center
- Friday, August 25, 2006 at 13:46:41 (CDT), IP Address: 141155636
I am in search of assessment tools for a recreational program for individuals with a servere and persistant mental illness.
- Friday, July 07, 2006 at 11:15:53 (CDT), IP Address: 69811182
I am in search for a recreational assessment tool that would be good for children with cancer. If you have any ideas for me could you email them to me at Thank you
cheri hill
- Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 12:30:51 (CDT), IP Address: 2046914632
I am currently working in a hospital setting on an Adult Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. We are a crisis intervention unit with an average stay of 3-5 days. We are looking to update our assessment. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or ideas that work well for you! you can email me at
Kim Lueken, CTRS
- Tuesday, June 06, 2006 at 12:52:48 (CDT), IP Address: 1922511112
An assessment tool to measure self-esteem (ages 6 - 10) for an action research project.
- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 16:57:11 (CDT), IP Address: 3811620010
I need a recreational assessment tool to use with an individual with an acquired brain injury - adult. Please send any to Thanks
- Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 13:59:20 (CDT), IP Address: 6917165130
I need an assessment tools which help me to assess the recreation activities that will be applied to the Leukaemia children in the hospitals.Could LDB help me about this subject? If It is possible,could anyone send this to me? Thank you.
Gulcin Gozaydin
- Monday, March 27, 2006 at 05:01:59 (CST), IP Address: 194277231
I am a student I have not used any at this time
- Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 08:11:28 (CST), IP Address: 16820214117
leisure diagnostic battery
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 18:25:06 (CST)
assessment tool to determine the right leisure activity for a person in recovery.
Monday, August 15, 2005 at 14:32:07 (CDT)
I am looking for an assessment tool to assess the range of motion of a child with obesity has, we are currently doing an swim programme and would like the assessment tool to complement these sessions, My contact details are= I am a TR student in New Zealand and would appreciate any help
Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 16:31:22 (CDT)
I am seeking assessment tools for the MRDD population in a residential, day treatment, and sheltered workshop setting. Please email me at Thank You
Rob S.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 14:37:54 (CDT)
if u have recreational assessment tools /any assessment tools for slow learner so contct me at e-mail
Friday, June 03, 2005 at 11:28:45 (CDT)
i m occupational therapist,working in a rehabilitatiopn centre ,we use FIM scale for stroke n other neurodysfunction clients.i want recreational assessment tools for slow learner
Friday, June 03, 2005 at 11:06:52 (CDT)
Comprehensive Evaluation in Recreation Therapy
Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 19:55:30 (CDT)
Dear Mr/Mrs I am a Danish researcher (MSc Agriculture/Landscape Management, PhD Outdoor recreation, including sociology and psychology) from Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning ( I am writing this letter, because I am searching for information in outdoor therapy and people with eating disorders, and because I am about to start up a research project whit the title: Rehabilitating recreation programme for young people with Anorexia Nevosa, Bulimia Nevosa and Bing-Eating Disorder – development, testing and evaluation of method concerning leisure offer starting from outdoor recreation in the nature for young people with eating disorders The project period is from January 2005 to December 2007. We (at team of professional eating disorder practitioners, recreation researchers and others) are making a programme for each type of eating disorder both in 2005 and 2006 with the purpose of using the experiences from the 3 programmes in 2005 in the 3 programmes in 2006. The aim is to make a method which can be used in the locales municipalities in Denmark. However, this is the first project in Denmark, and it is difficult to find relevant literature and practical recommendation in the international literature. My application is therefore: can you help me with relevant information, literature, papers, key persons, programme design in the field of eating disorders and therapy in the outdoors. Beforehand thank you for helping Yours sincerely Please mail: Hans Jørgen Fisker
Monday, March 21, 2005 at 08:42:30 (CST)
I keep telling my Director that the current initial assessment my agency uses for intakes, it out-dated and I get the same response, what else is out there? We currently use, an OT model assessment that assesses the clients fine/gross motor, upper-dexterity, immediate response and blah, blah, blah. I keep reminding her that Recreation Therapy treats current immediate recreation needs. My agency treats SED Youth who, to be honest, need not the OT crap, but more leisure education. The assessment is out-dated and only goes to the age of 14.5, yet I work with youth up to 18. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME!
Paddy M'
Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 23:11:31 (CST)
Does anyone have a copy of the CERT scale for behavioral patients in psychiatry?
Joy -
Friday, March 04, 2005 at 15:12:23 (CST)
Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 14:16:47 (CST)
What are the best assessment tools to measure the benefits of leisure education (pre-post or on-going)? based on the affective, behavioral and cognitive...self-awareness, self-awareness in leisure, leisure skills and leisure resources? Anyone have any suggestions of tools that exist? I have been doing my own informal evaluation til now. I am trying to better evaluate a comprehensive program I am running. Also- what are the best leisure interest inventory assessments... the population I am currenly working with is incarcerated. email me at thank you!!
Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 21:29:50 (CST)
I am looking for an eval form to use with a high level adult head injury patient who wants to return to work soon. This patient is looking for more positive avocational leisure interests. He currently spends most of his time watching TV. I am looking for leisure index finders eval forms etc. Please e-mail me at
Heather Robinson
Monday, February 07, 2005 at 15:17:59 (CST)
I am searching for an assessment appropriate for 18-21 yr. olds with ID's. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you.
Monday, January 03, 2005 at 13:36:28 (CST)
assessment tools for MR, PTSD, Childhood Onset Pervasive Disorder, Deviant Disorder
Saturday, November 27, 2004 at 21:03:27 (CST)
I am looking for info from anyone working in mental health who use the MARRCC tool, or if you have any other suggestions on great tools for assessing and documenting. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! thanks
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at 12:01:57 (CST)
Could anyone give me information on the FIM tool, specifically the questionnaire that is involved? Thank you.
Friday, November 12, 2004 at 13:09:15 (CST)
Can someone please give me a little info about the O'Connor Finger Dexterity Test
Sunday, November 07, 2004 at 15:57:40 (CST)
assessment tool using observation
Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 10:04:09 (CST)
I am looking for an ANXIETY screening tool for older adults--thanks,
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 06:22:49 (CDT)
We are using the MMSE Mini Mental Status Exam with clients over 65.
Michael Ratliff
Friday, October 08, 2004 at 12:10:13 (CDT)
My email
Sebrina Jones
Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 12:57:03 (CDT)
Can anyone please give me info on leisure interest measure and what population they use it with?
Sebrina Jones
Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 12:56:36 (CDT)
leisure interest measure leisure diagnostic battery
Monday, August 30, 2004 at 13:48:26 (CDT)
I use the CANS-MCI to measure mild cognitive impairments predictive of Alzheimer's. It is at the other end of the age range discussed here but is so usable on a touch screen that it offers a good teaching example of computer usability without sacrificing rigorous reliability or validity standards.
Monday, August 16, 2004 at 15:40:06 (CDT)
Child Drawing: Hospital and Ages and Stages
Monday, August 09, 2004 at 15:23:42 (CDT)
I work in aquatics therapy and rehab. We have designed 2 different assessments to meet each of these areas. I've worked in conjuntion with a physical therapist to develop our land/aquatics based assessment. It addresses physical, emotional, and functional needs related to land and water. Also, depending on dx we use daily notes that coincide with that particular dx. Our recreation therpy assessment has been designed to accomadate the rapid changing needs of shorter stay on rehab. Most of the assessments which address rehab are too long to meet the requirements governing bodies of rehab.
Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 13:55:35 (CDT)
Geriatric depression scale, MMSE, Well Being Scales, Perceived Health Scale, RAND Anxiety Scale,CANS-MCI online screening, ADL and IADL, Farrington Leisure Interest Finder
Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 11:35:13 (CDT)
Anyone out there have a good inpatient rec and activty screening/assessment form that is easy to use???? please contact me at
patrick crow
Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 08:10:31 (CDT)
can you please let me now if any of you have surveys for assessing needs of therapeutic recreational activites with kids and adolescents who have being hospotalized for 3 or more days at The National Children Hospital in Costa Rica Thank for your time and support. My email is:
Ana Pizarro
Wednesday, July 07, 2004 at 12:20:07 (CDT)
Can You please let me know if any of you have tools for assesing needs of Therapeutic recreational activities with kids and adolescents who have being hospitalized for 3 or more days at Children Hosptial facilities, in my country Costa Rica. Thank you for your time and support. My email is: ana184* Ana Pizarro
Wednesday, July 07, 2004 at 12:16:50 (CDT)
I am looking for an assessment tool to use for a course assignment
Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 16:23:54 (CDT)
I work with individuals with DD.Right now we are using a in- house assesment that focuses on interest areas. I would like to re-do it and would like to hear what others recomend
Friday, June 11, 2004 at 12:44:15 (CDT)
I need a leisure interest survey which will offer a wide array of leisure interests listed that patients can check off which will be applicable to both inhouse and community based programming. It also has to address the culteral, ethnic and gererational interests of a varying age group of people.
Monday, May 17, 2004 at 17:56:28 (CDT)
geriatric alzhiemer dementia
Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 12:55:31 (CST)
Can anybody please send me an assessment tool for working with children and adolescents at a residential treatment center. The kids have issues with poor social skills, self-esteem, anger management skills and poor coping skills. My email address is Thanks for your help.
Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 11:50:07 (CDT)
I am a student at Texas State and was hoping I might be able to view a few samples of different assessments. If anyone can send anything for me to share with my classes, please do. Thank you for your time and support.
dj. warren
Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 11:41:05 (CDT)
Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 20:37:09 (CDT)
I'm studying the reading readiness of kindergarten / Grade 1 students from psychological point of view, i.e. I'm developing assessment tools (check list / questionairre / observation appraisal) to assess children's emotional, motivation, personality, cognitive, physiological dan environmental aspects. With the information gathered, I'll plan intervention programs to overcome any negative behavior. I'm lost as I still couldn't find the relevant information. I really appreciate if anyone could help me. Thank you very much.
Monday, July 14, 2003 at 20:21:20 (CDT)
I want to develop assessments (questionairre / check list) to assess young children's (kindergarten / Grade 1) emotional, motivation, environment, cognitive and personality. With these assessment, I'll deduce their psychological state follow by intervention. What kinds of intervention program is suitable for each psychological factors mentioned? My main aim is to find out their psychological factors and then help them to enhance their early reading. I appreciate if anyone could furnish me with the relevant information. I've been reading dan searching but still can't get the relevant information. Thank you very much.
Monday, July 14, 2003 at 20:12:15 (CDT)
It is difficult to assess a patient and actually write a goal when you are only going to see them for 5 to 7 days. Length of stays in physical rehabilitation grow shorter and shorter. The FIM measurement offers admit/discharge scores which are helpful in goal writing. Recreation therapists need assessments that measure something no one else measures. We do not set ourselves apart from the other therapies. How many TRs are tired of being called activities and told gee..your job must be so much fun. Not to mention the low pay. Is any one out there concerned that colleges are dropping TR programs?
Friday, June 13, 2003 at 20:07:01 (CDT)
I'm developing a TR program in a residential treatment center for at-risk youth. Our clients have a variety of mental illnesses, behavioral problems, and sexual issues, as well as a lack of leisure awareness and skills. Any suggestions for an assessment suitable for this population would be appreciated. (please write "assessment information" in the subject line) Thanks!
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 at 21:03:45 (CDT)
Looking for a leisure activities inventory or the like for an alcoholism aftercare program. Will create my own from samples of others or purchase yours if appropriate. Contact me at
Sunday, February 23, 2003 at 06:41:38 (CST)
assessment tool usesd to assess mobility
Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 17:45:36 (CST)
I'm looking for a dementia evaluation form.
Friday, October 11, 2002 at 11:34:47 (CDT)
I am searching for an appropriate assessment tool for adults with developmental disabilities. These adults are unable to verbally communicate, do not understand complex sentences/directives and have problems staying focused on a task. It is hard to find basic assessments that are valid and reliable.
Friday, September 06, 2002 at 12:30:46 (CDT)
If anyone has any suggestions about my question, please email them to Thanks!!
Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 17:30:18 (CDT)
I have just been employed by an inpatient rehabilitation hospital that has an adult population consisting of adults with SCI, TBI, amputations, stroke, neuro, and ortho. I will be the only TR and basically restarting their program. I have never had to go buy an assessment before. Where can I obtain assessments such as the FAM, LDB, or any others that would be good for this population? Thanks!!
Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 17:27:38 (CDT)
We use the Allen Cognitive Disability Battery of Assessemnts. See one of the OTs website on for more details.
Recreational Therapist, Gold Coast Hospital
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 22:46:21 (CDT)
We work on the rehabilitation unit with seniors and would like to get some information on assessment tools used for this population, including quality of life tool. If anyone has any information, we would really appreciate it. Thank-you Email:
Monday, August 19, 2002 at 14:57:25 (CDT)
Leisure Attitude Measure, Leisure Interest Measure, Leisure Motivation Scale, Leisure, Satisfaction Scale.In addition, would like a tool applicable to children.
Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 20:43:12 (CDT)
I am beginning a TR program for cardiac patients. I have decided to use the LCM. Anyone out there working with cardiac who may be using the LCM?
Jo Anne
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 at 14:29:24 (CDT)
Hi, I am a Recreational Therapist on a psychiatric unit in a hospital and I am looking for a more efficent assessment tool which enable me to better serve my patients. I would love to get samples of what works for you guys. Thanks. Please email me at:
Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 15:05:18 (CDT)
I work in a public school and I am looking for an assessment tool that will identify the counseling needs for in students k-8.
Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 08:34:54 (CDT)
We our working on developing a new admission form and would appreciate any help with information. I work with the visually impaired who may or maynot have other disabilites.Im seeking an assestment for leisure, social and communication. Thank you. Please e-mail me at:
Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 15:06:52 (CDT)
We our working on developing a new admission form and would appreciate any help with information. I work with the visually impaired who may or maynot have other disabilites.Im seeking an assestment for leisure, social and communication. Thank you. Please e-mail me at:
Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 15:06:09 (CDT)
I am interested in finding out what types of assessments are used on a subaute unit for determining TR needs. I would love to see a sample of forms that you are using. Also what assessmentsforms are you using for long term care? Thank you Please email me at: Heidi.Barnes@VMP.ORG
Friday, June 14, 2002 at 21:50:14 (CDT)
I am an Activity director looking for an efficent Initial Assessment for Long Term Care residents. Please share yours with me. dolores.pringle@vhs1org
Wednesday, June 12, 2002 at 09:15:32 (CDT)
Glad to see so many people responding from Mental Health related agencies. I have practiced in TR field for 17 years. I have used many tools for assessment purposes with individuals and groups. Those that are most effective are: LAM (Leisure Attitude Measure), FBM (Free-time Boredom Measure), Cert Psyc Behavioral - a great checklist tool for small groups, The LDB (Leisure Diagnostic Battery) is fine for collection of data bases, but does not give me good indicators of an individual's leisurability, LVS (Leisure Value Survey), I have, over the years, developed a comprehensive psychosocial tool for TR called the CALF (Comprehensive Assessment of Leisure Functions). If framed correctly and systematically, the best tool to capture the essence of a patient's leisure lifestyle remains to be a face to face interview perhaps validated by a patient's family member or friend. the LAM, FBM, LVS are great pre and post-test tools to measure outcomes between admission and discharge (very effective in acute care settings). These are great tools to premise simple outcome studies according to specific diagnostic criteria. I would be most happy to hear from colleagues from elsewhere. e-mail: Thanks. All the best.
Garry V. Wilson TRS Mental Health Outpatients
Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 21:19:08 (CDT)
I've started a new postion as a Rec. Therapist in a community mental health setting. I work in a psychiatric unit, group home, and in the community. I'm developing a Leisure Data Base, but would appreciate some ideas as to what people are using for assessments. If you want to, I can be E-mailed at
Monday, May 20, 2002 at 20:24:10 (CDT)
leisure step up
Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 16:35:04 (CDT)
I am interested in contacting someone who is also using the Leisure Competence Measure at their facility.
Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 18:43:28 (CDT)
comprehensive evaluation in recreation therapy
Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 09:19:20 (CDT)
We use the Allen Cognitive Disability Battery of Assessments. See website for further information. This battery assesses a person's ability to do new learning and gives measurement and management startegies for those people who have a cognitive disability. Great Assessment.
Judith Cameron
Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 23:45:23 (CDT)
We use the Allen Cognitive Disability Battery of Assessments. See website for further information. This battery assesses a person's ability to do new learning and gives measurement and management startegies for those people who have a cognitive disability. Great Assessment.
Judith Cameron
Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 23:44:38 (CDT)
We use the Allen Cognitive Disability Battery of Assessments. See website for further information
Judith Cameron
Thursday, April 11, 2002 at 23:42:17 (CDT)
I work in a residential psychiatric hospital serving adolescents with a variety of treatment issues incluing substance abuse, behavioral challenges, mental illness and sexual offending behavior. I would love any information out there on assessment currently being used with this popluation in residential settings.
Saturday, March 30, 2002 at 07:25:06 (CST)
Leisure Competence Measure
Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 14:58:36 (CST)
Can you please let me know if any of you have an assessment tool that is appropriate for pediatrics? E-mail me at and let me know. Thanks
Friday, March 15, 2002 at 08:52:18 (CST)
leisure batterry
Friday, March 01, 2002 at 12:33:08 (CST)
I am trying to use the LCM to measure outcomes in therapeutic recreation. Trying to locate others who are using this.
bj ohio
Thursday, January 24, 2002 at 09:53:12 (CST)
assesmnet tools for cognition
Monday, January 21, 2002 at 16:55:43 (CST)
I see that many people in psych are tailoring their own assessments. Are there guides on how to do this while maintaining integrity in ethics and quality assurrance?
Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 15:12:27 (CST)
We need something for forensic mental health patients; people that have everything from axis I disorders (schizophrenia) to Axis II personality and psychopathy disorders associated with sex offending. These patients often have low literacy, i.e. can't read an assessment form.
Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 15:05:27 (CST)
I currently work for a physical rehabilitation with a pt. population consisting of TBI, CVA, SCI, Burn, and Ortho. We use the system the hospital dictates, the FIM (Fuctional Independence Measure Assessment). It's a delightful tool. It provides (it's of course adapted to meet the persons leisure needs). This type of tool is easy to use, quick with results (due to LOS we need this), and easy to document. I enjoy it because it's simple, concise, and it provides enough information to go ahead and form an opinion about the persons eventual d/c. The FIM provides leisure interest identification, barrier id, psycho social/emotional abilities, involvement socially, ambulation, and a few others. We are able to check this with other reports and then formulate upon d/c a community re-entry plan based on the persons abilities and personal goals. It's not the only assessment made but it is works well with the populations mentioned.
Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 15:40:52 (CDT)
need book on assessments and careplans long term care recreation therapy
Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 18:39:04 (CDT)
need book on assessments and careplans long term care recreation therapy
Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 18:39:04 (CDT)
I have been a CTRS for 13 years,working with children in psych, cancer care and residential. I have found that assessments must be designed according to the program that is offerred. Standardized forms are too long and assess things we do not provide interventions.
Bill Garrison, CTRS
Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 13:30:48 (CDT)
Setting: Inpatient Physical Rehab. I currently use an interview addressing the patient's physical, cognitive, social and emotional functioning along with a chart review. I do not like it. I am in the process of designing an 18-item assessment instrument that objectively measures functional independence in leisure. It allows for easy identification of treatment priorities in physical, cognitive, social, and psychological domains, and can be used at any time during the patient's length of stay to track outcomes. I want to be able to obtain objective data that supports the notion that rec ther can increase an individual's overall functional independence and quality of life.
Kelly Parker, CTRS
Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 09:10:22 (CDT)
Peterson and gunn smmse
Friday, May 18, 2001 at 21:39:18 (CDT)
Idyll Arbor Scales, Motivation, etc.
Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 11:32:35 (CDT)
scale for career involvment for adolescents
Friday, March 16, 2001 at 23:05:22 (CST)
SDTLA- form 2.99
Friday, March 16, 2001 at 23:04:15 (CST)
TR needs a standarized assessment tool that can be used to create a nation research data base. Until then we are scattering seeds in the sand.
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 23:59:20 (CST)
I am familiar with, and have used the LDB in the past. I need to find a copy (hopefully on computer) to modify. Does anyone have one? Thanx!
Monday, January 01, 2001 at 12:36:27 (CST)
I am familiar with, and have used the LDB in the past. I need to find a copy (hopefully on computer) to modify. Does anyone have one? Thanx!
Monday, January 01, 2001 at 12:35:51 (CST)
I'm in the process of trying to find a tool to help people with PTSD and depression, and potential physical limitations re-engage in past activities. Many cannot even identify leisure interests. Any ideas? Contact me at
diane douglas
Monday, December 11, 2000 at 10:51:56 (CST)
I have worked at two psych facilities and one MRDD facility and they both places have used their own "agency made" assessment forms.
D. Moore
Monday, December 11, 2000 at 10:49:55 (CST)
Our facitily uses the MARRCC assessment (Measurable Assessment in Recreation for Resident-Centred Care, along with a Outcomes Measurement Scale. Both are excellent tools and are specific to LTC.
Friday, December 01, 2000 at 11:24:15 (CST)
just getting started
Friday, October 13, 2000 at 21:11:17 (CDT)
We use an in-house form, which the pt. fills out, and then together CTRS and pt. review, discuss recreation therapy, and establish initial goals. I am looking to implement standardized assessment, but in the the process of research and selection. Need tool(s) most appropriate for children and adolescents in residential psychiatric facility.
Sunday, September 10, 2000 at 22:20:47 (CDT)
I have been using the OHIO for evaluation Brain Injured Patients and I really like it.
Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 09:54:43 (CDT)

Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 13:46:21 (CDT)
I use a screwdriver and auger as tools. I would like to have a chainsaw to use. We use many different processes at my place of business.
Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 18:05:43 (CDT)
Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 10:24:43 (CDT)
Hello! I am a recent graduate and have just started working at a medical facility in the Adult Psychology Unit. The Unit has never had a Recreational Therapist and therefore I am in need of help in finding an adequate diagnostic tool. Where do I look? How do I find information on the Leisure Diagnositc Battery? Please any help would be useful. You can e-mail me back at Thanks! Megan
Wednesday, June 28, 2000 at 20:42:53 (CDT)
Hi all. Standard assessmant tools ok?
Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 22:20:23 (CDT)
Hi all. Standard assessmant tools ok?
Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 22:20:06 (CDT)
Hi all. Standard assessmant tools ok?
Thursday, June 15, 2000 at 22:17:40 (CDT)
I first do a chart review, and then a bed side assessment which includes,pre and post injury leisure and recreation interests. I do a leisure inventory list, which covers all areas of leisure. Once I complete the bed side I plan my interventions accordingly.
Bryan Scott
Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 19:48:55 (CDT)
The leisure diagnostic battery, so I can carry out a client assessment in a interview form
Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 23:12:45 (CDT)
leisure diagnostic battery
client assessment
Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 23:08:29 (CDT)

Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 13:22:07 (CST)
a stick and a angry attitude
Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 13:21:29 (CST)
I need a sert sheet
Tuesday, March 14, 2000 at 09:47:33 (CST)
Our adolescent and adult psyc/cd hospital uses the Behavior Response Inventory. This is a valid and reliable tool which scores 4 parameteres. The developers of the assessment can be reached at the University of Toledo, Toledo Ohio Recreation Therapy Department. It is a great assessment
Wednesday, March 01, 2000 at 19:51:52 (CST)
created by the TR department. (and its always a work in progress!). The hospital has been working on a computerized system that all departments will use. As the director of the TR department, I've had the great opportunity to design the TR part for patient assessment, progress notes and discharge summaries. The program is called Meditech and should be up and running by the end of the year. If anyone else has experience with Meditech, please e-mail me at and let me know what you think. Thanks!
Monday, January 10, 2000 at 18:07:42 (CST)
I first screen patients to determine potential need, screening includes a chart review, pt interview, and if needed, SO interview. Dependent upon need, I'll then use the LDB, LCM, LAFS, LAP, CIP, and a computer eval I developed based on Computer Resources for People with Disabilities.
Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 15:46:42 (CST)
At our SNF facility we use the MDS 2.0 comprehensive assessment required by the state. We also use a Recreation Services Screening which is a summary of the residents past social hx as well as leisure hx, and their current status.
Saturday, October 23, 1999 at 13:24:20 (CDT)
I am looking for a quality assurance monitor for the delivery of care to clients and monitor the qulity of care received. It needs to monitor staff and facility compliance for a community program.
Thursday, October 14, 1999 at 18:59:08 (CDT)
I am a graduate student at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachussetts. I am trying to find information about the history and background of social and recreational assessment.More specifically, I am looking for any information on the General Recreation screening tool and the Recreation Early development Screening Tool. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is
Trevor Smith
Tuesday, October 05, 1999 at 20:09:52 (CDT)
I am looking for any kind of information on the general recreation screening tool and the recreation early development screening tool.Any assistance would be greatly appreciated
Tuesday, October 05, 1999 at 17:02:59 (CDT)
I am in the process of updating my current TR assessment and discharge forms and work in a Rehab setting. Any suggestions out there that would help would be appreciated! Thanks
Wednesday, September 08, 1999 at 12:48:05 (CDT)
I would like to have whatever information or material on assessment tools to use and develop for individual living with HIV/AIDS.
Monday, August 23, 1999 at 10:54:36 (CDT)
Our assessment is called Activity Therapy assessment. It is a corporate created assessment through the psych. hospital were I work. There are "circle what applys" questions for affect, coping skills, apperance, frustration tolerance, leisure participation, reality orientation, and socialization. Then, there is a summary section for a brief overview of the patient's presenting problems, family support, employment status, and leisure interests. The back of the sheet is an activity check list.
Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 21:03:14 (CDT)
I use the Recreation Early Development Screening Tool(REDS) and the General Recreation Screening Tool (GRST). I would like to find an assessment tool that better fits the needs of individuals with severe/profound mental retardation.
Saturday, April 24, 1999 at 15:45:30 (CDT)
At the residential school for children with CP and related disabilities where I work, we developed our own two-part, checklist assessment: Part 1 - skills, Part 2 - interests. We have not found an assessment we really like for this population. As a doctoral candidate, my dissertation is on assessing children and adolescents with severe to profound disabilities. Suggestions would be appreciated.
Rich Magnuson (e-mail =
Thursday, April 15, 1999 at 08:32:37 (CDT)
vineland maturity scale
Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at 11:19:56 (CST)
Our tool is a questionaire filled out by the therapist after interview with and obserevation of the patient. I assess for current and past leisure functioning, social skills, current coping skills, percieved and real barriers to leisure participation, and patient's desire to improve leisure and overall functioning.
Monday, March 22, 1999 at 15:22:55 (CST)
My facility has a designed assessment form. The form has general background info, leisure interests, functional mobility etc.
Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 21:12:01 (CST)
Our facility uses a combination of the LEAP Assessment as well as unit specific questions. We use a computerized form.
Tuesday, March 02, 1999 at 18:45:44 (CST)
In our Adolescent Mental Health Program, we use: the LDB, computer version (specifically Part II barriers, activity preferences, and activity style sections)and the MSCS-Multidimensional Self Concept Scale. If more information is needed, I will also use the SEI-Self Esteem Index, or the AIR-Assessment of Interpersonal Relations.
Wednesday, February 17, 1999 at 15:25:55 (CST)
use: LDB, LIS
Kira Sekulow
Monday, February 15, 1999 at 13:37:57 (CST)
We use a standard Activity assessment form upon admission, as well as mini mentals and geriatric depression scales.
Saturday, January 09, 1999 at 09:13:05 (CST)
Farrington Leisure Assessment Mini Mental State Geriatric Depression Scale Global Deterioration Scale Functional Abilities Scale Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory Grip Strength, timed 50' walk, and modified reach test
Linda Buettner
Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 11:13:37 (CST)

We use the Walker-McConnell assessment to evaluate the behaviors of school children before and after implementation of an intervention called the "Living Skills Club" in which anger management, friendship, cooperation, and esteem-based issues are addressed.
David Howard (Cornerstone Counseling Center
- Sunday, November 01, 1998 at 08:19:33 (PST)

- Tuesday, October 13, 1998 at 18:25:48 (PDT)

Beverly Massengale
- Monday, September 21, 1998 at 13:05:08 (PDT)

Leisure Diagnostic Battery EMTEK computer based assessment
Debbie Dumont
- Monday, September 21, 1998 at 13:04:23 (PDT)

I love the LCM, I wish someone would automate it!!! Hint C.D.
- Monday, September 21, 1998 at 13:04:07 (PDT)

Population: Adolescent Psych Tool: Leisure Diagonstic Battery Tool: Leisure Activities Survey developed by therapists general questions about rec and leisure interests. I feel the LDB is very helpful working with adolescent psych. The only drawback is that the assessment is long and the kids loose interest if given in the paper form. The kids tend to respond better to the computer version. The information is good and it helps you to get a better picture of the pt's leisure functioning.
- Wednesday, September 16, 1998 at 09:11:14 (PDT)

We use a holistic approach in assessing patients for physical rehabilitation. It is oriented toward functional gains and is a picture of the individual being assessed in relation to communication, dynamics of interaction (socialization), motivation, cognition, and physical functioning. It is based on a 7 point scale similar to a fim.
- Thursday, August 20, 1998 at 19:28:19 (PDT)

We utilize 2 assessment forms. One is a standard interview assessment incorporting present and past interests, social skills, physical functioning and motivation. The other we designed for use with residents on ur dementia unit. it focus' on cogntive , gross motor and social functioning. the information is derived from a past history given by families on a pre-admission form and from a week of observation in the units programs. It works out well, you get a good feel of their functioning level after the week and most of the catastrophic reactions have eased as they acclimate themselves.
- Monday, July 06, 1998 at 12:44:34 (PDT)

we currently do a leisure interest addendum which is part of an inhouse interdisciplinary evaluation. there are open ended questions for a variety of topics, cards, sports, gardening, and adaptive equipment needs and potential barriers they may already have, ie. money, transportation, cognitive issues. we also try to establish a leisure activity level and style prior to admission.
- Friday, July 03, 1998 at 19:45:09 (PDT)

My facility just started using the Peirs' Harris self-Concept scale for our self-esteem group. We use it as a pre-test post-test to hopefully measure an increase in self-concept after participating in our group. I am also trying to get the facility to start using the Jesness Inventory, which is a measure of adolescent delinquent behavior. With this assessment I hope to be able to see which areas our clients are lacking in and then set up recreational activities that will help increase our clients asocial behaviors
- Thursday, July 02, 1998 at 19:12:26 (PDT)

Peirs' Harris Self-Concept scale Jesness Inventory
- Thursday, July 02, 1998 at 19:05:28 (PDT)

we use a form created in-house (at our rehab unit within a general hospital) that contains the mandatory information/questions required by CARF. It is very general and basic: interests premorbidly, pets, leisure barriers, goals. We use no commercially available assessment tools such as LDB or CERT. I often feel that we are too general, focused too much on diversional activities, and have nothing to show (really) to justify our being in contact with patients. Our assessment and documentation looks almost identical to that of PT, speech, & OT as a convenience to the hospital and doctors.
- Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at 15:50:47 (PDT)

My facility, Adult Day Care, will not pay for a standardized assessmt. tool, therefore we use a check off task/skill tool I devised years ago that has proven effective in my long practice in both psych and gerontology.
- Friday, May 29, 1998 at 03:40:20 (PDT)

While working in Florida in geriatrics and mental health, I developed my own assessment format. I included the following sections in overall leisure assessment: leisure history, current leisure interests, and future leisure pursuits. I also documented on areas that could cause potential barriers to current or future leisure functioning. The following areas or levels of functioning were identified: cognition, physical, emotional, financial, environmental, social, family support, and motivation.
Brad Wardlaw
- Sunday, May 17, 1998 at 07:37:41 (PDT)

Department Interdisciplary form: TR scaled down assessment to include: Leisure skills & interests, community participation,social contact & skills, Leisure awareness& attitude. Summary includes barriers for leisure involvment and clinical intervention required/or not.
Jo Ellen Zembruski
- Monday, May 11, 1998 at 14:23:14 (PDT)

We use the Leisure Diagnostic Battery. I don't really like it but we have been using it for about ten years. I have not found any thing that I like better. We have tried several others but keep coming back to the LDB. We are presently in the process of developing our own assessment tool but are not far enough along to share.
Allen Bryce
- Saturday, April 18, 1998 at 18:41:30 (PDT)

We use the Leisure Diagnostic Battery. I don't really like it but we have been using it for about ten years. I have not found any thing that I like better. We have tried several others but keep coming back to the LDB. We are presently in the process of developing our own assessment tool but are not far enought to share.
Allen Bryce
- Saturday, April 18, 1998 at 18:39:22 (PDT)

We use an Occupational Therapy/Recreation Therapy Functional Assessment. It includes the areas of Self Care, Home Management, Leisure Skills and Psychosocial Skills. It is used in a mental health setting.
Kim Shirk, CTRS
- Friday, February 06, 1998 at 22:18:22 (PST)


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