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Occupational Therapy

ENHANCING EVERYDAY LIFE IN MEANINGFUL WAYS

Certain illnesses, injuries, and disabilities can limit an individual’s capacity to engage in everyday activities and live their life to the fullest. Occupational therapy helps individuals adapt to health limitations and perform daily activities that are essential and meaningful to them. With an emphasis on assisting individuals to gain life skills and effectively engage in everyday activities despite mental and physical barriers, occupational therapy strives to empower individuals to enhance and enjoy their lives as much as possible.

At Thrive Reno, we incorporate occupational therapy into our integrated treatment programs for eating disorders and perinatal mental health.

AIDING EATING DISORDER RECOVERY

In our eating disorder recovery programs, all clients are evaluated to assess whether individualized occupational therapy would encourage healing from their illness and any co-occurring conditions. If deemed necessary, tailored occupational treatment can continue to nurture those recovering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder (BED), avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and other specified feeding and eating disorders (OSFEDs) in many ways.

Occupational therapy services and interventions concerning eating disorder recovery may include the following based on the unique needs and goals of an individual and their family:

Additionally, both our intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) feature twice-weekly THRIVE life skills groups to program participants. These sessions offer valuable insight and guidance rooted in:

The basics: prioritizing personal hygiene, sleep hygiene, eating positioning, and more

Health and Home: exploring health literacy, medication management, and household management

Roles and Routines: identifying values, clarifying roles, and establishing routines

Intuitive Meal Preparation: guidance for meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation

Victory Planning: setting attainable goals, establishing recovery maintenance, envisioning a positive future

Expression: developing self-expression and determining communication styles and techniques for talking about one’s eating disorder comfortably and confidently

PROMOTING PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH

Thrive Reno’s It Takes A Village perinatal mental health program features monthly group therapy that encompasses a variety of needs and topics, such as:

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR ARFID TREATMENT

While individuals of any age can develop avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), this condition typically evolves in infancy or early childhood. Those diagnosed with ARFID experience extremely selective eating behaviors beyond what can simply be considered “picky eating.” These sensory-based disordered eating behaviors severely limit one’s ability to intake enough calories and essential nutrients to grow, develop, and function properly. At Thrive, an occupational therapist is a part of a multidisciplinary team that helps clients and their families heal from ARFID through integrated care.

Occupational therapy can offer valuable insight and interventions around sensory modulation, oral motor skills, mealtime positioning and patterns, and food-related phobias and fears. Treatments used to assist individuals and their families recovering from ARFID include:

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT

Those living with chronic pain, or pain that persists more than six months, often experience significant impacts on their physical, mental, and emotional health.  The sum of these challenges can inhibit engagement in and enjoyment of everyday life. Through occupational therapy, individuals can discover tools and techniques to function better and engage in essential and meaningful activities alike.

Occupational therapists practice a holistic approach to chronic pain management with an emphasis on equipping clients to better self-manage their pain. Because chronic pain can arise from a broad spectrum of causes and conditions, occupational therapy is highly customized to the client’s unique needs and goals.

Occupational therapy can support an individual experiencing chronic pain and empower one to live a more fulfilling life in various ways. All clients who seek occupational treatment for chronic pain at Thrive will encounter:

From there, therapy can include any combination of the following treatments and interventions:

Thrive’s occupational therapy services can help you or a loved one progress on the path to better well-being and achieve an enhanced quality of life.

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