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: 8 Ball Pool

When I interned in a residential setting, a lot of kids bonded and had great therapeutic moments around a pool table. We could play teams with a group or have a casual one-on-one game while talking about a larger issue. A pool table is something that I never thought would be practical for my therapyContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: 8 Ball Pool”

Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds

I wrote before about what makes an activity therapeutic, using the premise that an attentive and creative therapist can get therapeutic benefit out of almost anything with the right attitude. In my telehealth and kids training, I say: “It is not my job to do a specific therapeutic activity; rather, my job is to takeContinue reading “Making Therapeutic Moments: Adds”

Telehealth Activity: Riddles

A client recently introduced me to some YouTube channels featuring videos of various riddles for us to solve together. Bright Side has several compilation videos of riddles, and 7-Second Riddles has compilations prompting you to guess who is lying. There are others you can search for, but I have found both of these very helpful.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Riddles”

Telehealth Resource: Board Game Arena

Today’s telehealth resource is not a specific activity but a platform with a whole bunch of games to choose from. Board Game Arena even has some games I have shared before on a new platform with different options, which is great for tailoring activities based on individual needs. For instance, I talked before about howContinue reading “Telehealth Resource: Board Game Arena”

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”

Telehealth Activity: Marble Run

Remember Marble Works? I had completely forgotten until a colleague bought some for our office, and I learned that they are a great creative activity for kids who aren’t interested in art. You can incorporate problem solving and team work, and a lot of sensory-seeking kids really enjoy watching the marbles race down the track.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Marble Run”

Telehealth Activity: Photo Sharing

Summer means vacations, and many families are taking trips that were postponed a year ago. Last summer, I introduced using Google Earth in telehealth sessions to do virtual vacations. That is still a really popular intervention in my telehealth sessions, and now that kids have actually taken some vacations, they want to share with meContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Photo Sharing”

Telehealth Activity: Flip Bottle

Remember a few years ago when the Big Thing was to throw a water bottle into the air and make it land standing up? The videos made it look so easy, and when a client brought a water bottle to session to teach me how to do it, I was terrible at it. I thinkContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Flip Bottle”