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. 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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