Jigsaw Puzzles for Telehealth

Many of my clients like doing puzzles, which is why I keep a few to choose from in my office, but pieces can get lost, and doing the same puzzles over and over gets boring. Enter telehealth. This website and lets you put together a jigsaw puzzle on your computer screen. Pieces never get lost, new options are posted every day, and you can even upload your own picture and create custom puzzles!

If you search for “online jigsaw puzzles,” hundreds of websites come up, but this is my favorite for telehealth for a few reasons:

  1. Custom pictures – a child and I did a puzzle of my cat yesterday, and it was amazing.
  2. You can choose how many pieces are in the puzzle! There’s a setting where you can make the puzzle more or less complicated, with options ranging from six to 1000 pieces.
  3. This site gives the option of making a custom link that you can share with your client, and you can work together on the puzzle in real time! This isn’t an option with custom images, so for those you would need to share the screen and take turns with remote control, but this is available for the hundreds of options pre-loaded onto the site.
Options are, in order: change the number of pieces, re-start, change the background color, and create a link to share the puzzle.

Plus, if that weren’t awesome enough, when you complete the puzzle a group of silhouettes jumps up and applauds you!

I did it!

Puzzles are great therapy activities for problem solving, asking for help, and executive functioning. I’m excited to have a way to use this in telehealth with so many great options!

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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