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?”

Snakes and Ladders for Telehealth

Whether you prefer to call it Snakes and Ladders or Chutes and Ladders, the classic ladders and slides board game is popular among therapists. In the version I keep in my office, each ladder shows a child making a good choice, and every slide shows a mistake, so it fosters great conversation about consequences. It’sContinue reading “Snakes and Ladders for Telehealth”

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”

Jigsaw Puzzles for Telehealth

Many of my clients like doing puzzles, which is why I keep a few to choose from in my office, but pieces can get lost, and doing the same puzzles over and over gets boring. Enter telehealth. This website and lets you put together a jigsaw puzzle on your computer screen. Pieces never get lost,Continue reading “Jigsaw Puzzles for Telehealth”

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”

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”