Interview with Dr. Regine Galanti, Psychologist and Author

Dr. Galanti is a psychologist who practices in New York. She started a private practice that currently has four mental health providers who work primarily with children and adolescents. She also does parenting consultations and work to help the adults caring for her clients be the best parents they can be. In March 2020, sheContinue reading “Interview with Dr. Regine Galanti, Psychologist and Author”

Therapy with Kids: What Makes an Activity Therapeutic?

I have noticed that many play therapy activities involve games developed in the 1970s and 80s. Additionally, a lot of the pushback against telehealth with kids has been that screen-time activities are not sufficiently “therapeutic.” This makes me think of how people initially thought card games would be the death of family time, since peopleContinue reading “Therapy with Kids: What Makes an Activity Therapeutic?”

Telehealth Activity: Pop-It

Pop-its, based on my extensive research, are the latest fidget toy that all the Young People are talking about (and, of course, by “extensive research,” I mean my clients have been talking about them). Not only are Pop-Its great for kids with sensory issues, but you can use them interactively in your sessions. Scratch hasContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Pop-It”

Telehealth Activity: Zen Photon Garden

I have been back in my office part-time the past few weeks, and it has been pretty great to be able to interact with my clients in person. We’ve been able to use actual, tangible fidgets, and when kids need help with something, I can usually actually step in and help them. I played TwisterContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Zen Photon Garden”

Telehealth Activity: Hatchimals

Hatchimals are a popular line of children’s toys. There are many different lines, and some come with books and backstories. Many of my clients have collections of Hatchimals and follow the various YouTubers who create content about the toys. A lot of kids have previously brought their Hatchimals into my office, or have shown meContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Hatchimals”

Interview with Andrea Dorn, LSW, Author

I am a firm believer that you can never have too many therapeutic children’s books! Andrea Dorn, LSW, the author of the Mindful Steps series, agrees with me. She was kind enough to chat with me about her books and her clinical work. 1. To start off, can you tell me a bit about yourContinue reading “Interview with Andrea Dorn, LSW, Author”

Telehealth Activity: Minecraft

I’ve talked before about the therapeutic benefits of Roblox, a popular online game among my clients. A similar game that a lot of kids love is, of course, Minecraft. Initially I didn’t talk about Minecraft on this blog because I am trying to stick to interventions that you can access for free, and I wasContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Minecraft”

Telehealth Activity: Virtual Rubik’s Cube

Way back when I regularly saw clients in-person, I kept a basket of sensory items handy. That basket included a Rubik’s cube, which was a favorite with some of my clients. A couple of them could actually solve it, and some just liked taking it apart and putting it back together solved (which I maintainContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Virtual Rubik’s Cube”

Telehealth Activity: Duo Survival

A year ago, I never would have considered using flash games in therapy sessions, but then again a year ago I thought I was only working from home “temporarily.” Anyway, cooperative games are a good tool to have available when working with kids. If a child is very competitive, cooperative games can build rapport betterContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Duo Survival”

PESI Presents: Telehealth and Kids

I am so excited! It is once again time to share my telehealth and kids training through PESI. Tomorrow and Thursday I will be teaching this course live, and there is still time to sign up for the live webinar! I will be detailing how to set up a telehealth practice specifically for work withContinue reading “PESI Presents: Telehealth and Kids”