Know Your Stuff

Spend some time reading about recess best practices. Invite one or more colleagues to join you so that you can generate shared interest and a commitment to running this program. Key players include occupational therapists, health educators, physical therapists, school counselors, teachers, para-educators and school nurses.

Suggested reading:

  • Refreshing Recess website material. Read the information in the About the Program tab to learn the basics about the Refreshing Recess program. Pay special attention to the Vision Statement & Guiding Principles as these provide an important foundation for the entire program.
  • Refreshing Recess Information Brief provides a 2-page overview of the program. Share this two-page document with colleagues who might be interested in helping you implement the program.
  • Refreshing Recess Annotated Bibliography. Based on a comprehensive literature review of recess best practices, this annotated bibliography provides a summary of current monographs, descriptive articles and research studies.
  • AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Recess Promotion. This information brief provides a review of professional recommendations for recess and suggested strategies for promoting participation and enjoyment for all students (Tier 1); for those at-risk of participation issues or social challenges during recess (Tier 2, targeted); and for students with disabilities and/or mental health challenges who may need individualized supports (Tier 3). See AOTA's School Mental Health Toolkit at