Ludo for Telehealth

Ludo is an English board game dating back to the 1800s. Although many people today have not heard of Ludo, most of us have played modern variations on this game like Sorry or Trouble. Basically, players take turns rolling a die to travel around the board into their home. If another player lands on your piece, it has to start over.

Ludo board

This website has Ludo available for free, and you can use this game in telehealth sessions! Instead of creating a unique link, you use screen share and take turns with screen control to make your moves. This game is for two to four players, so it can be done with individuals or small groups. You can opt to have the computer play with you if you want the experience of more players.

Ludo is a game based on both planning and luck – you can’t control what you or the other player will roll, so you inevitably have to practice frustration tolerance when things are not going your way. As with most telehealth games, you are not able to cheat to get ahead, so as a therapist I can stay focused on that positive relationship with my client while still using emotion regulation skills in real time. In the last year, I feel like having this option has actually benefitted many of my clients, and I would argue it could be seen as an improvement on in-person play therapy.

Home screen: choose two, three, or four players

This is a simple game that can be an intervention on its own or can leave room for conversation during play. And as with all virtual board games, you will never lose any of your pieces!

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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