Dr. Lyn Litchke is a new Associate Professor of Therapeutic Recreation (TR) in the Faculty of Health Sciences here at University of Lethbridge. She comes from Texas State University where she taught TR for 18 years and won the Presidential Distinguished Award for Excellence in Service. Lyn has been a Certified Recreation Therapy Specialist for over 35 years and is currently certified as a master trainer in Drums Alive Drumtastic®, 200 hr. Integrative Yoga Therapy, Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga, Horticulture therapist, and Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader. Her current research will focus on a 12-step recreation and recovery ministry called Natural High for persons with addiction and mental health issues. Her past research involves adaptive sports, yoga, and drumming focusing on social-emotional well-being with veterans, homeless, persons with Alzhiemers's and children with autism.
10 years physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM &R) - Focus adaptive sports, Community Re-entry Outings (CROs), and horticulture therapy. Disabilities: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), Burn survivors, amputees, stroke/cerebral vascular accident (CVA), multiple sclerosis (MS), & Parkinson’s disease.
7 years psychiatric hospitals - Focus on ROPES course and group initiatives, horticulture therapy, Leisure education, art, and group fitness. Disabilities: Addiction/substance use disorder (SUD), depression/major depressive disorder (MDD), psychosis (schizophrenia), generalized and social anxiety disorder (GAD), Bipolar 1 & 2, and veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
3 years early childhood (birth to 3 years old) - Worked with infants and children born with disability. Focus on play with families integrating physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), speech and language pathology (SLP) goals. Disabilities: Cerebral palsy (CP), Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy (MD0, multiple congenital birth defects, genetic syndromes, severe profound intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD).
18 years teaching and community service-learning - Engaged college students in programs including:
- Special Olympics- b-ball for high schoolers with IDD; young athletes’ program- motor skills 5-10 years old with IDD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Paralympics- w/c rugby, b-ball, sit-volleyball, track and field, blind sports, bocce ball, run roll tennis
- Community inclusion program Best Friends for Life: aquatics, fishing, drumming, yoga, horseback riding, motor skills and camp activities for children 3-14 years with and without IDD and ASD
- Yoga for persons with Alzheimer’s disease
- VETREC on H20- veterans with PTSD engaging in scuba diving, fly fishing, kayaking, SUP yoga, water skiing.