Roblox

I am speaking specifically about Roblox today, but you can use these same techniques with Minecraft or The Sims depending on the child’s interests. A big part of therapy with kids is sharing in the child’s interests. Yes, we want to work on making good choices, modifying behavior, and developing appropriate coping and communication skills,Continue reading “Roblox”

Antistress

I’d like to share one of my favorite therapy apps: Antistress. I actually first heard about this app from a client who had found it helpful. The app basically has several sensory items and activities that can help with boredom, fidgeting, anxiety, and self-regulation. There is a free version and a paid version, with theContinue reading “Antistress”

Color Your Emotions

I created this activity to help kids express a feeling that they might not have words for. The worksheet below shows an outline of a body and asks kids to color in where they are experiencing a feeling using a color that reflects the feeling, but another way to do this activity is to giveContinue reading “Color Your Emotions”

Backgrounds

The intervention I want to talk about today isn’t a specific game, so I am writing in a different format than I usually do in this series. Details about the client interaction that I describe below have been changed for privacy, but the spirit of the story is in tact. Since March, I have gottenContinue reading “Backgrounds”

Sand Tray Therapy

At my first practicum site, the director told us that we were welcome to use any child-friendly intervention we deemed appropriate except for sand tray because she didn’t want to deal with the mess. Well, Dr. Karen Fried found a way to not only eliminate the mess associated with sand trays but also make thisContinue reading “Sand Tray Therapy”

Square Breathing

This is a technique that is similar to the Bubble Breathing worksheet I posted several weeks ago. Some people have trouble visualizing the bubbles or prefer not to use the imagery of breathing out the negative emotions but would still benefit from some breathing techniques. Since square breathing involves movement to trace the square, thisContinue reading “Square Breathing”

Mancala

“Mancala” refers to a group of board games that originate in Eritria and Ethiopia, but most Americans think of one specific variation when we hear this term. In therapy, this game helps kids with strategy and executive functioning, and I was excited to learn that it was available online for use in telehealth sessions. ThisContinue reading “Mancala”

Pictionary

Although I am not certified as an Art Therapist, I have done continuing education in art therapy and lead a group for teenagers who want to explore how their creative side can help them cope with mental illness. There are a lot of great ways to use art in a session, and even over telehealth,Continue reading “Pictionary”