Educational & Recreational Therapy

Hands-on Projects with Purpose

Our therapeutic activities department provides a variety of exemplary educational and recreational programs.  

Programs Include:  Art & Music Appreciation, Horticulture/ Gardening, Reading and Writing Skills (including Braille® classes), Health & Safety Classes, Food Education, Sports Activities (bowling, basketball, horseshoes), Table Top Games, as well as life skills training in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

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Educational & Recreational Therapy

Recreational and educational therapeutic activities provide an opportunity for each program participant to develop good leisure skills, practice proper social etiquette and manners, and promote independence and self-direction.

Designed by licensed staff and credentialed teachers, educational and recreational therapeutic activities include:

  • Music Programs
  • Art Projects
  • Sporting Activities
  • Social Gatherings
  • Therapeutic Gardening
  • Reading & Literacy
  • Blind-living Skills (including Braille)
  • Adaptive Device Training & Practice
Gardening at Helping Hands

The gardening program at Helping Hands for Better Living offers participant gardeners a hands-on educational experience while providing therapeutic benefits.

Each spring, gardeners and staff navigate through the life cycle of the plants.  Participants cultivate soil, plant seeds, nurture seedlings, and create a beautiful garden of mature herbs and vegetables that are ready for harvest day at the end of the summer. 

Helping Hands' Gardening Program provides our participants with genuine joy and the opportunity to switch from being cared for to the role of being the caregiver.  This unique and beautiful role reversal allows participants to nurture and tend to young plants as they watch them mature.

Therapeutic Benefits Include:

  • Strengthens Hand-eye Coordination
  • Improves Memory
  • Reduces Stress
  • Develops Self Esteem

* The California Department of Developmental Services and Regional Center issued a Mandatory Temporary Closure of the CBAS "IN-PERSON / ON-SITE PROGRAM" in response to the COVID-19 Corona Virus "shelter in place state orders.