Telehealth Activity: Tunnel Rush

Most child therapists and play therapists keep activities and games in their offices that rely on competition between the therapist and client. You can practice regulation and frustration tolerance when the client loses and good sportsmanship when they win. Taking turns requires impulse control and is an important social skill. Plus, games are fun, andContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Tunnel Rush”

Telehealth Activity: Zoom Buddha Board

One thing from my in-person office that I have not been able to replicate in telehealth sessions has been my Buddha Board. (You can see a demonstration of the Buddha Board here.) When I use art in therapy, I encourage clients to focus on the experience of creating rather than on the final product. TheContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Zoom Buddha Board”

Telehealth Activity: Virtual Roller Coaster

I continue to be amazed by the new doors that telehealth opens for me in my practice. Virtual backgrounds, Google Earth vacations, and Minecraft are just three things I never would have thought to use in my sessions before I went online. Necessity breeds innovation, as they say. I am sure you have heard aboutContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Virtual Roller Coaster”

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”

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”

Yahtzee for Telehealth

Yahtzee isn’t a game I use often in therapy, but it can be helpful for frustration tolerance, focus, and problem solving. It can be fun for groups working on taking turns as well. There are many options for playing Yahtzee online, but this website has a free dice set. Pull up the site, share yourContinue reading “Yahtzee for Telehealth”

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”

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”

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”