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. 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.