Online Dollhouse

I’ve been trying to create a virtual dollhouse for months and could not figure out the best way to make it intuitive, simple, and aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, I’m one of thousands in my field, and someone else had a strength I was lacking. Dr. Karen Fried did an amazing job creating an interactive virtual dollhouse,Continue reading “Online Dollhouse”

Telehealth Games for Kids at Teachers Pay Teachers

As you may have seen in my earlier posts, I have created a virtual store with Teachers Pay Teachers to create and distribute even more telehealth resources for work with kids. I have been using the custom room template on PlayingCards.IO to take classic board games often used in in-person play therapy and put themContinue reading “Telehealth Games for Kids at Teachers Pay Teachers”

Scavenger Hunt

A lot of therapists really leaned into this activity early on when we started doing telehealth with kids. Scavenger hunts basically consist of having the child find specific items in their homes that respond to prompts. This is a super simple activity that can be done in groups with a show-and-tell component or with anContinue reading “Scavenger Hunt”

Guess Who

Guess Who was a great therapy game in in-person sessions. It builds communication skills, problem solving, and focus. Fortunately, I recently discovered an online version that you can play with clients over Zoom. When you get to the site, select “Multiplayer” and “Create room.” Then give yourself a nickname and your room a password, andContinue reading “Guess Who”

Google Earth

I remember discovering Google Earth in high school (I just dated myself, oops!). The first place I went was my home address because I am not as creative as I’d like to believe. Since the seemingly endless pandemic began, one common theme in a lot of my sessions is grief about canceled trips. At first,Continue reading “Google Earth”

Charades

Who didn’t love charades as a kid? Well, I didn’t because of my social anxiety, but most people really enjoyed it! Therapeutically, charades can help shy or anxious kids come out of their shell and can normalize being “silly” when the therapist takes their turn. It can also be a way to model different emotionsContinue reading “Charades”

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”

Connect Four

I. LOVE. Connect Four. It’s similar to chess in that you have to plan ahead and focus on two things at once (where I’m moving and where you’re moving), but it’s much less complicated and so can be used with younger clients. If you want to play Connect Four with your clients, this website willContinue reading “Connect Four”

Chess

Today I want to talk about chess as a therapeutic intervention over telehealth. My first practicum supervisor told me that, to be a good therapist, I had to learn to play chess. He recommended chess as an intervention for clients of all ages, especially kids, and since then I have always kept a chess boardContinue reading “Chess”