TRiPS (Therapeutic Recreation In Public Schools)
The TRiPS program is conducted by Dr. Hayes and graduate students in therapeutic recreation and is part of a grant from the State Department of Education. It is a college credit course offered at UT as RSM 405, 406, and 505. The graduate and undergraduate students conduct therapeutic recreation programs in Special Education Classrooms in Knox and Sevier County schools. For 10 weeks, the students conduct initial assessments of the children, facilitate lesson plans, and write progress notes and final assessments. During the course, the UT students also gain experience in using commercial assessment tools, the GRST and FACTR-R. The TRiPS program typically involves 4 grant staff, 40-50 additional UT students, and approximately 90 children each week from the various schools.
The following is a list of schools in Knoxville where the TRiPS program is currently taking place:
South Doyle High
West Hills Elementary