Telehealth Activity: Dance Party

There is more than one way to do a telehealth dance party! You can have a literal dance party where your client chooses a song, and you both rock out in front of your cameras. This can be a lot of fun but is also challenging because you have to try to stay in-frame.

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The dance party I am sharing today is a bit different. It is much less body-work-oriented but can help with focus, impulse control, and timing. The flash game is called Super Friday Night Funki, and it is available on Kizi and Arcadespot.

(Side note – I link a lot of third-party websites in this blog. If a game ever gets taken down and the link is not working for you, plug the name into a search engine, and you can usually find the same activity hosted on another site. Please also tell me you had trouble so I can update the post.)

To play this game, the client needs to be on a laptop or Chrome book with a keyboard. Share your screen, and give them remote control. They will use their arrow keys to make the dance steps. You can take turns, which allows you to model regulation and frustration tolerance, or you can talk the client through the activity while they play.

This game reminds me of Dance Dance Revolution (I think I just dated myself), so there is an added nostalgic flair for me. It re-hashes some skills that other telehealth games address, which is great because sometimes kids get bored with an activity but still need to work on what the activity helped them learn.

What other games surprised you when you pulled them into your sessions?

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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