Telehealth Activity: Nature Cams

I have talked before about using pets in telehealth sessions, and Felicia Nubivn shared how she created a butterfly garden for her sessions. Today I am expanding on this idea thanks to various zoos and park services around the world. Countless nature cams are available for viewing any time and from anywhere. Some are liveContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Nature Cams”

Telehealth Activity: Marble Run

Remember Marble Works? I had completely forgotten until a colleague bought some for our office, and I learned that they are a great creative activity for kids who aren’t interested in art. You can incorporate problem solving and team work, and a lot of sensory-seeking kids really enjoy watching the marbles race down the track.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Marble Run”

Exercising Your Impulse Control Muscles

I sometimes get asked why it’s easier to make good choices sometimes and harder at other times. I thought I would share why that happens. This can hopefully help kids practice making good choices. The way that we make good choices is by stopping and thinking before we do something. This is called impulse control,Continue reading “Exercising Your Impulse Control Muscles”

Telehealth Activity: Flip Bottle

Remember a few years ago when the Big Thing was to throw a water bottle into the air and make it land standing up? The videos made it look so easy, and when a client brought a water bottle to session to teach me how to do it, I was terrible at it. I thinkContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Flip Bottle”

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”