Telehealth Activity: Riddles

A client recently introduced me to some YouTube channels featuring videos of various riddles for us to solve together. Bright Side has several compilation videos of riddles, and 7-Second Riddles has compilations prompting you to guess who is lying. There are others you can search for, but I have found both of these very helpful.

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Share your screen, and make sure you share sound as well. Most of the videos share a riddle and then give you some time to determine the answer. I like to pause the video and talk through solutions with my client rather than just playing through.

All of these activities help with problem solving and executive functioning, requiring attention to detail and focus. Clients can try to come up with answers on their own or ask for help appropriately. The Who Is Lying questions have an added layer of noticing body language and social cues that fit with many clients’ treatment plans. And when I do not know the answer either, I can model frustration tolerance or admitting that I do not know something.

Prior to telehealth, some kids would share riddles with me, but I had not thought to use these kinds of YouTube videos with my clients. I know I say this all the time, but I cannot say enough about how great telehealth has been for innovating my practice and giving me new ways to connect with my clients.

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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