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Northeast Passage’s School Based Recreational Therapy program (TREK – Therapeutic Recreation Empowering Kids™) is designed to work with parents, students, administrators, physical education, special education or classroom teachers, as well as other related service providers, to ensure equal opportunity for students with physical and developmental disabilities.

The TREK program helps students with disabilities develop skills across multiple domains through the process of assessment, goal development, and participation in goal-directed recreation activities. TREK staff also assist students to better access recreation in their schools and communities by working with stakeholders to create and refine effective inclusion practices.

Therapeutic Recreation is defined in the IDEA as a related service.

School Based Services Include:

Services are provided at every grade level – from elementary school to post-grad – and can be provided on an individual or group basis.

Recreation Assessment
Assessment tells us about a student’s current leisure functioning, strengths, interests, and abilities. Comprehensive assessment will look at motor function, cognition and social development as they relate to leisure and recreation in various environments.

Therapeutic Recreation Intervention
Individual or group therapeutic recreation intervention uses recreational activities to develop motor, cognitive, or social skills.

Leisure Education
Leisure education is a process of teaching leisure and recreation-related skills, attitudes, and values. This could range from teaching sport-specific skills to exploring recreation opportunities in a student’s own community.

All services are:

  • Begun with assessment
  • Goal based
  • In fulfillment of IEP goals and objectives
  • Delivered in a natural setting (PE, recess, group experience)

Transition Programming for Young Adults:

The Northeast Passage Transition Program seeks to help students between the ages of 14 and 21 learn skills for successful transition from high school to community life.

Through participation in community recreation experiences, students can learn a multitude of skills that will help them become happy, healthy, independent members of their community.

At the beginning of each session of outings, our group works together to identify recreational activities of interest as well as each individual student’s goals. The activities run from outdoor adventure activities like rock climbing to more passive activities like art projects. The goals are all related to a student’s strengths and areas for improvement and focus on removing barriers to independent living.

Here’s a sampling of activities and possible accompanying goals for each activity:

  • Scavenger Hunt -> Use of Public Transportation
  • Shopping at the Mall -> Money Management, Indoor Navigation
  • Lunch Out -> Social Skills, Communication Skills
  • Snow Shoeing -> Outdoor Navigation, Appropriate Dress
  • Cycling Trip -> Trip Planning, Route Planning, Adaptive Equipment

During any outing, the group learns to rely on themselves and trust their abilities, as well as relying on and trusting their friends. As students then move on from high school into their communities, they will already be intimately aware of the recreational, vocational, and social opportunities available to them as well as how to access those opportunities.

This program is planned and implemented by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and aligns itself very well with stated goals from the Department of Education as well as Vocational Rehabilitation.

Funding & Rates:

  • Recreation Services are included as a Related Service in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Therapeutic Recreation Services may be written into a student’s IEP
  • Although recreation services are not reimbursable by Medicaid, some schools have had success including services in a “bundle” for reimbursement
  • Other Funding sources used in the past include: General Special Education Budget, Grants, Private Funding, Community Recreation Funds.

School Based Fee Structure:

  • $75 per hour for one staff member
  • $110 per hour for a group of students (max. 6-10 students per group)
  • Mileage to be reimbursed at rate set by the Federal Government
  • $75 per hour for consultations and meetings

School Based Contracted Services:

Group Recreation Opportunities:
Northeast Passage can plan and implement inclusive sports and recreation opportunities for your group. Northeast Passage currently runs several out-of-school recreation programs on a contract basis with various community organizations. For more information, visit our Contracted Services page.

Trip Facilitation:
More and more teachers are accessing wilderness, beaches, bike trails, and other areas where access can become challenging for students with disabilities. Hire a Northeast Passage staff member to accompany your class, provide staff training, or rent adaptive equipment for any field trip! For more information, visit our Contracted Services page or Equipment Rental page.

Similarity Awareness Programming:
As part of our commitment to teaching and education, we offer Similarity Awareness programming in schools and communities to foster a culture that is inclusive of people with disabilities. Northeast Passage staff members are available for presentations and speaking engagements for your school or community organization.

For information on this program, contact Jess Amato, CTRS/L at Northeast Passage by phone 603-862-0070 or by e-mail

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