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?”

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”

Sand Art

I’ve talked before about using sand trays or sand drawing in telehealth sessions. Although you lose a sensory component when you move these kinds of activities online, it makes for easier cleanup and has a really cool visual component. Recently, I discovered another sand-based telehealth activity at ThisIsSand. If your client is using a smartContinue reading “Sand Art”

Vision Boards

Goal-setting is an important part of the therapy process, and this can be especially challenging with kids and teens who probably weren’t the ones to decide that they “needed” mental health services. When I did in-person sessions, one activity that a lot of teenagers enjoyed was making vision boards. We would take paper and magazinesContinue reading “Vision Boards”

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”

Today’s The Day! Telehealth And Kids Certification with PESI

Good morning, followers! If you haven’t seen my dozens of posts, tweets, and Facebook mentions about it, today and tomorrow I am teaching a certification on telehealth with kids thanks to the support of the awesome people at PESI. I’m told there have been quite a few sign ups, but it is being recorded, soContinue reading “Today’s The Day! Telehealth And Kids Certification with PESI”

Frequently Asked Questions about Telemental Health and Kids

Parents have a lot of questions when bringing their children for therapy services, and this has never been more true than with the rise of telehealth. It can already be anxiety-provoking to reach out, and combined with navigating technology and “doing therapy” in a different way than what you might be used to is scary.Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions about Telemental Health and Kids”

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”