Intensive outpatient eating disorder treatments are for children and patients who need more structure than regular outpatient therapy can provide. Still, the IOP level of care is geared toward those who don't require something more restrictive. Since our programs are flexible, they still allow time for regular everyday activities, and thus children can still attend school and meet any other necessary obligations.
The IOP level of care uses ABA-based therapy from a trained staff along with nutritional education and meal support, and it's focused heavily on desensitization when it comes to triggering situations, practicing important skills used to cope with difficult situations and developing more age-appropriate healthy eating patterns. Children who might have developed an unhealthy exercise pattern can also be steered toward a healthier one in this kind of a program.
Working with intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment usually includes a couple of group therapy sessions, weight and behaviour monitoring and an attended meal. It also generally features a weekly session with a therapist who is specifically trained to help children who are recovering from these types of disorders to get better.
Monitoring behaviours and adjusting them in this way is extremely effective, and this is a good choice for children who still need more structure to their plan. It balances out the more serious aspects of therapy without becoming intimidating.
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