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. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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