Telehealth Activity: Bad Ice Cream

Great news, everyone! The wonderful people at PESI asked me to write a Volume II to my Telehealth with Kids book! That does mean that the telehealth posts in this blog will probably be fewer and farther in between, as I will be focusing on putting together content for the book. Don’t worry, though – I will still have lots of app reviews, explanations of psychological terms, and posts about whatever other topic comes into my mind.

Today’s activity is similar to Duo Survival, which I reviewed a while ago. That post has more information about the therapeutic benefits of cooperative games, so I will not reiterate why I find these kinds of games beneficial here.

Bad Ice Cream is another cooperative flash game that you can play via telehealth. Share your screen, grant your client remote control, and bring up the game. You each choose an ice cream cone character, with the options of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. You cannot both be the same flavor, which is good because this makes it easier to know who is who on the screen.

Choose Your Flavor

Player 1 uses arrow keys to move. Player 2 uses W, A, S, D keys to move. In some levels, you create ice blocks to protect yourselves from enemies – on these levels, Player 1 controls ice with the space key, and Player 2 uses the F key.

Each level has different fruits to collect, in different amounts and with different goals to pass. There are different “bad guys” in each level that follow you and try to squish you. If one player gets squished, the other player can still beat the level.

When you clear the level, the game tells you which player collected more fruit, so you can add a competitive component to this activity if you would like.

It’s pretty simple: another fun, cooperative game you can play with clients in 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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