Interview with Felicia Nubivn, LMSW: Butterfly Gardens and Telehealth

Felicia Nubivn is a social worker, researcher, and advocate for social justice. We connected over Twitter, and she shared that she had been using a butterfly garden in telehealth sessions. Since I’m always looking for more telehealth ideas, I reached out, and Felicia was kind enough to take time to talk with me about herContinue reading “Interview with Felicia Nubivn, LMSW: Butterfly Gardens and Telehealth”

Telehealth Activity: Light Brite

Who remembers Light Brite? When I found this activity, I immediately started humming the jingle even though in hindsight, “Turn on the magic of colored light” kind of doesn’t make a lot of sense. I hadn’t used (or even thought of) Light Brite in decades (I’m so old), and I stumbled across the virtual versionContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Light Brite”

Telehealth Activity: Pop-It

Pop-its, based on my extensive research, are the latest fidget toy that all the Young People are talking about (and, of course, by “extensive research,” I mean my clients have been talking about them). Not only are Pop-Its great for kids with sensory issues, but you can use them interactively in your sessions. Scratch hasContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Pop-It”

Telehealth Activity: Multiplayer Cars

One toy that got a lot of use in my office is my box of matchbox cars. So many kids enjoy racing (either against me or against themselves) and building elaborate tracks. In telehealth, Madalin Cars Multiplayer lets me incorporate car games into my telehealth sessions. The first thing I noticed about this game isContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Multiplayer Cars”

Telehealth Activity: Zen Photon Garden

I have been back in my office part-time the past few weeks, and it has been pretty great to be able to interact with my clients in person. We’ve been able to use actual, tangible fidgets, and when kids need help with something, I can usually actually step in and help them. I played TwisterContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Zen Photon Garden”

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”

Fluid Ap Review

Recently I asked people to share their favorite free therapeutic aps with me, and I got some great suggestions! Today I’m going to talk about an ap that wasn’t technically designed for mental health but that I absolutely love: Fluid. With Fluid, you tap your screen to create some gorgeous aesthetics made of different coloredContinue reading “Fluid Ap Review”

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”

Telehealth Activity: Virtual Legos

I recently completed another fantastic edition of Telehealth and Kids with PESI. If you didn’t get to view it live, you can purchase the recording of my original presentation on their website. As I was presenting my toolbox of kid-friendly telehealth activities, someone asked if I knew of a way to play with Legos online.Continue reading “Telehealth Activity: Virtual Legos”

Telehealth Activity: Minecraft

I’ve talked before about the therapeutic benefits of Roblox, a popular online game among my clients. A similar game that a lot of kids love is, of course, Minecraft. Initially I didn’t talk about Minecraft on this blog because I am trying to stick to interventions that you can access for free, and I wasContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Minecraft”