Recreation Therapy at Cascade Home

Cascade House integrates recreational activities into therapy, tailoring programs for Anxiety and OCD-related disorders, providing a safe space for Exposure and Response Prevention model success.
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All forms of recreation can be therapeutic. General recreation can increase self-esteem, encourage and strengthen social connections, and alleviate anxiety. These benefits come naturally, even when the recreation is primarily for enjoyment. Recreation Therapy takes these benefits further, utilizing recreation as a therapeutic intervention. This includes assessing what a participant needs, creating goals and objectives for those needs, planning and experiencing an activity that will meet those goals and objectives, and processing it all with the participant. At Cascade House, students engage in both forms of recreation.
Your child will participate in a Recreation Therapy program designed specifically for Anxiety and OCD-related disorders. They will meet regularly with a Recreation Therapist to ensure that the treatment is specific to their needs. This program includes a balanced combination of Recreation Therapy interventions & leisure education. Students will participate in activities and processing discussions that challenge the intrusive thoughts, behaviors, rituals, and compulsions that often accompany OCD. This form of therapy provides a safe and comfortable space for students to implement the things they are discussing in groups and therapy sessions, allowing students to experience success within the Exposure and Response Prevention model.
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Exposure and Response Prevention

ERP is the primary treatment modality used for the treatment of anxiety and OCD. Throughout the Recreational Therapy process, students are exposed to activities and situations that make them anxious or trigger their obsessions. If a student is fearful of contamination in the outdoors, participating in activities and groups outside will be approached by gradually “exposing” them to new outdoor settings. As these exposures are generalized to multiple situations and settings, students develop increased resilience and distress tolerance.
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Leisure Ability Model

Leisure education is an important component of holistically treating the students at Cascade Home. It consists of introducing novel experiences from a variety of activities so that each student can learn about the activities that suit them, what they like/don’t like, and how to grow their self-identity. The Leisure Ability Model is the model that is used to create leisure education experiences.
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 Recreation Therapy Themes

How success is defined
Mindfulness
Balance
Acceptance and Commitment
Flow
Authenticity
Relationships
Resilience
Self-Acceptance
Play
Courage
Coping
Passions
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Self-Efficacy

Generalized Self-efficacy is a student’s belief or confidence in their own abilities. At Cascade Home we focus on helping your child find and build these untapped attributes.
There are 4 “pillars” of experience in building Self-Efficacy:
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Physiological

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Verbal

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Vicarious

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Mastery

By participating in activities and in group settings, students naturally develop a higher Self-Efficacy. With an increase in general self-efficacy, research points to a reduction in associated symptoms of anxiety and depression, and an increased ability to cope with OCD triggers.
Through Recreation Therapy your child will improve their ability to function physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Therapy done in an experiential way is learned and processed differently, and on a deeper level. Through leisure education, your child will learn a variety of skills, be gently pushed out of their comfort zone, and have opportunities to practice these skills with support and guidance.
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