Telehealth Activity: Light Brite

Who remembers Light Brite? When I found this activity, I immediately started humming the jingle even though in hindsight, “Turn on the magic of colored light” kind of doesn’t make a lot of sense.

I hadn’t used (or even thought of) Light Brite in decades (I’m so old), and I stumbled across the virtual version by accident. It’s not something I had available in my in-person office, but after trying it out in some telehealth sessions, I think it has some great therapeutic implications.

Giant light brite by Jordan is licensed through CC BY 2.0

The virtual Light Brite is available here, and you can use it in telehealth by sharing your screen and granting your client screen control. Detailed instructions for using the Light Brite and saving your images can be found here. The website is intuitive and self-explanatory.

This site can be used like other art-based interventions, with the therapist prompting the child to create a scene about their family, feelings, life, or anything else you want to explore. You can also present the Light Brite as a non-directive intervention.

The last year has really shown that there is no end to internet versions of in-person activities, and telehealth offers so much more than I ever imagined. I’m glad it’s sticking around.

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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