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”

Telehealth Activity: Virtual Rubik’s Cube

Way back when I regularly saw clients in-person, I kept a basket of sensory items handy. That basket included a Rubik’s cube, which was a favorite with some of my clients. A couple of them could actually solve it, and some just liked taking it apart and putting it back together solved (which I maintainContinue reading “Telehealth Activity: Virtual Rubik’s Cube”

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”

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”

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”

Virtual Fidgets

Fidget spinners and cubes exploded in popularity a few years ago. Initially, this was fantastic because it meant that neuro-divergent children (and adults) could incorporate fidgeting and stimming into their lives in a way that was not ridiculed or mocked by those around them. Of course, like with most fads that kids get into, eventuallyContinue reading “Virtual Fidgets”

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”

Telemental Health and State Lines: Why Can’t My Therapist Meet with Me Anywhere?

Working as a therapist in South Dakota means that I have clients who have to drive really far to get to my office. That’s why my organization has been offering telemental health for about four years: so that people don’t have to choose between spending an entire day traveling or not getting services. Unfortunately, thisContinue reading “Telemental Health and State Lines: Why Can’t My Therapist Meet with Me Anywhere?”