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”

Virtual Slime

A lot of child therapists make slime with their clients in session, or they did back when we saw people in person. Personally, it was not an intervention I used often for a couple of reasons. One, to accommodate my caseload, I would book after school appointments back-to-back, and the cleanup would put me behindContinue reading “Virtual Slime”

Introducing: Parenting Consultations

Do you feel in over your head as a parent? Are your child’s behaviors or emotional needs overwhelming? Have you gone through a stressful life transition and are unsure how to manage your child’s response as well as your own stress? Do you simply need more options in your parent toolbox? I’m here for you.Continue reading “Introducing: Parenting Consultations”

Armani Doesn’t Feel Well

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve met Armani. I wrote a story about Armani to help kids who might have to take medicine they don’t like. Armani is a cat who came to live with me the week before I started graduate school. His mother was a stray, and he and all his brothersContinue reading “Armani Doesn’t Feel Well”

Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids

Like adults, children get referred for psychological evaluations for many different reasons. Usually, the kids I evaluate are sent in from one of three places: If your child’s teacher recommends an evaluation, or if you suspect your child will require special education services, check with the school’s education planning committee to see if they willContinue reading “Psychological Evaluation 101: Psych Assessments and Kids”

Tumbling Tower

A great thing about being in Facebook groups for therapists is I am constantly being alerted to new telehealth resources. Earlier this week, someone shared a version of online Jenga (called “Tumbling Tower” for copyright reasons, but we know what we’re here for). Tumbling Tower is a great therapy game for concentration and self-regulation, andContinue reading “Tumbling Tower”