Set for Telehealth

When I was a kid, I got the game Set as a gift. I could never find anyone to play with me because I was too good at it, which sounds braggy but is true. Ask my parents.

Anyway, Set is a relatively simple card game that involves looking for “sets” of three cards. Each card has one, two, or three items on it, shaped like either an oval, diamond, or squiggle. Shapes are solid, shaded, or outlined, and purple, red, or green. You want to find three cards where each component is either the same for all three or different for all three.

Example of a Set board with three squiggle cards highlighted, each a different color and shading, each with two shapes, making a set.
This is from the version of Set I made for my TPT store

See how the highlighted cards have the same number and shape, but different color and shading? They make a set. You and the other players are trying to see who can find the most sets the fastest.

Self-plug moment: I like that the version I created does not automatically keep score, so you could approach the activity as a cooperative puzzle, working together to find the most sets. It is also non-directive due to the PlayingCards.IO platform if that fits your therapeutic approach.

That being said, maybe you want to keep score but you don’t want to take your attention away from the session. Maybe you want your client to practice working within rules enforced by a platform. If this is you, Buddy Board Games has you covered. Simply create a room and have your client join with your private link. It also has a function to give you a hint if you get stuck!

If you and/or your clients like brain games and puzzles, this can help flex their focus and problem solving muscles. I even play it by myself sometimes when I need a break.

What other telehealth games do you want me to talk about?

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.