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: 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”

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”

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”

White Boards

Therapists who use Zoom might be familiar with the white board feature: when you select “share screen,” one of the options is to share a white board. If you’re using a Chrome book, you can use Whiteboard Fox to create a private whiteboard to use with your client. Google also has Jamboard, which lets youContinue reading “White Boards”

Charades

Who didn’t love charades as a kid? Well, I didn’t because of my social anxiety, but most people really enjoyed it! Therapeutically, charades can help shy or anxious kids come out of their shell and can normalize being “silly” when the therapist takes their turn. It can also be a way to model different emotionsContinue reading “Charades”