Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights is similar to Uno in that you are trying to get rid of all the cards in your hand and have to play something that matches either the color (suit) or number of the card before. Since it uses a standard deck of cards, there are no skips, reverses, or draw twos, and eight cards are considered wild or “crazy.”

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If you enjoy playing Uno in your practice but prefer an approach that allows your client to have more control over the rules and the game, PlayingCards.IO has a Crazy Eights game that gives you that flexibility.

You can choose how many cards you start with, how many you have to draw at a time, and you can add rules like “two means skip” if you miss that component of Uno. Like with other PlayingCards.IO games, there aren’t really comparisons to be made between online versus in person since you and your client have complete control over the board. That means they are great for kids who need something less structured than a lot of these telehealth games tend to be.

Since specific rules aren’t coded into this game, the choices are infinite, which some kids might find overwhelming. But since I started using this website in my practice, quite a few kids have said that these less directive card games feel more like when we would play in my office. So much has been different this year, so it’s nice to give them a feeling that’s familiar.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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