With my PESI presentation coming up, I decided to write up all of my interventions for telehealth and kids. I wanted to make these resources available for free, since I know many therapists are struggling to engage kids and make progress on treatment plans during the era of telemental health.
As I was putting together my list of resources, I found that PlayingCards.IO has an option to create custom rooms, which basically allows you to turn any board game into a telehealth activity if you’re willing to take the time to personalize the space. I have to say, I’m obsessed. Literally any game a child asks for, I can create with enough time and energy!
Some therapists have created board games that can be played over Google drive if the therapist grants remote control access to the child, and this can work really well, but I’ve found that some kids get overwhelmed with this format, and those using Chrome Books don’t have the option for remote control. Of course, this can become a communication skills intervention, having the child direct me where and how to move their pieces, but this isn’t always the best solution. With these custom rooms, the child follows the link and controls the pieces from their screen.
Thanks to the awesome people at Teachers Pay Teachers, I can make these games available for download! Because of the time it takes to put these games together, I will be offering them for a small fee, but I want to make this as accessible as possible. Stay tuned to see what I come up with!
Is there a specific game you’d like to use in telehealth but can’t right now? Let me know, and I’ll see if I can create it.