Telehealth Activity: Escape Room

Escape rooms are a fun way to build problem solving skills, overcome challenges, and manage frustration. They are also a great therapeutic activity that I never considered before I started doing telehealth sessions.

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There are literally hundreds of escape room games available on Crazy Games and other online game websites. Choose your genre: horror, sci fi, superhero, fantasy, historical, and more. Most of the games have options to receive a hint if you feel stuck, which reinforces admitting when you’re having trouble and asking for help, both skills that many people struggle with.

The escape rooms found on Crazy Games are developed for a single player, so I use them in my sessions by either having my client share their screen or sharing my screen. One person controls the screen, while both work together to try and find different clues. The person controlling the screen must listen to their partner and implement the helper’s ideas as well as their own. The helper needs to look out carefully for clues and clearly communicate what they need to the one controlling the screen.

Most of the online escape room games I have played don’t have a time limit, but the session itself implements a time limit. You can create a Crazy Games account to save your progress and work on the same game across multiple sessions.

There may come a day that I run out of new games and activities for telehealth, but it is not this day! Enjoy.

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.

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