Telehealth Activity: Multiplayer Cars

One toy that got a lot of use in my office is my box of matchbox cars. So many kids enjoy racing (either against me or against themselves) and building elaborate tracks.

In telehealth, Madalin Cars Multiplayer lets me incorporate car games into my telehealth sessions. The first thing I noticed about this game is that kids can pick from way more cars than I have available, and they can customize the color of their car. The trade off is that they can only be one car at a time, but the customization options means that that car can look exactly how they want it to look.

Custom car options

In this platform, click “Play,” choose your car, then select “Multiplayer.” When the list of available rooms loads, create your own room. Uncheck “Create public room,” as this will ensure that the room is private. When your client is at the screen showing the list of rooms, have them type in the name of the room you created (this is case sensitive) and click “enter room.” This will bring them into your private room and prevent strangers from joining your room.

Home screen

Although you cannot customize the room, the platform gives options for racing and various stunts that are a lot of fun. Plus, when you crash the cars, they get dented, which can let kids work through aggressive urges without damaging property, and you can click “Repair” to watch the car fix itself.

Fast car

Other single-player car games could work for telehealth, with the client pulling up their preferred game and sharing their screen with you, but I like this one for the interactive options.

I love finding a new way to bring an in-person activity to my telehealth office, especially when we can both play together while preserving confidentiality.

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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