By Alex Hillman, Occupational Therapist.
There is increasing interest in the use of sensory approaches (SA) in the field of eating disorders. SA are a person-centred, recovery-oriented and trauma-informed interventions that are frequently utilised in mental health given the non-invasive, self-directive and empowering nature of these approaches. Increased self-awareness, ability to self-nurture, resilience, self-esteem and body image, ability to engage in therapeutic activities, self-care activities, meaningful life roles, and social activities, and ability to cope with triggers are outcomes associated with SA. Despite these benefits, the use of SA with people experiencing eating disorders is yet to be thoroughly explored in the literature and in practice.