Updated: Aug 2
Online interactive games and tools for your next teletherapy session with children and adolescents!
If you are on the hunt for online games and activities to utilize for teletherapy, you have come to the right place! I will be sharing a list of all the play resources I have found during my adventures in teletherapy.
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So now, let's start with online games!
1. Desktop Games:
Mental health Delta Division is a family practice that provides online interactive games organized by presenting concern (i.e., anger, depression, bullying, etc.) Their list of games and interactive activities are pretty extensive and worth checking out.
Roblox: This is a game that is available free for desktop and mobile use. It can be used as an incentive for participation or to wrap up your session!
2. Digital Game Tools (desktop & mobile use):
I have found a few sites that offer many dices in different colors, styles, and numbers. Even more importantly, no crazy pop-ups! Check out the links below.
DiceApp.io: Roll up to 9 dice together or choose to flip a coin by using this website. This one is my favorite of all! It has a clean design, it's easy, and of course no worries with random ads popping up.
Curriculumbits: Virtual dice that are colorful and have engaging sound effects and music. A flash player is needed for this website.
Toy Theater: Choose from 7 types of colorful dices or choose the spinner option on the screen's left top corner when using this website.
TeacherLed: Roll three colorful numbered dice at a time. This website is straightforward and colorful.
3. Google Online Games and tools (desktop/mobile use):
In addition to the above tools, check out google. This was a very unexpected find for me! You can choose from various google tools such as dice, a coin flip, or a spinner, click on the drop-down arrow to scroll and select. There is also the option to play online games via google, such as tic tac toe, solitaire, Pac-man, or mind sweeper. Click the drop-down menu to select your game of choice.
4. Relaxation Mobile Apps:
Take a look at these two great resources. The "Happime App" is free for apple and android, which focuses on self-esteem. The application, "Breath, Think & Do With Sesame," is only available for apple. It is also free and an interactive game that is focused on various mental health topics for children.
5. Online Relaxation Tools:
This is a very cool application available for android and apple, it is called, Antistress Relaxation Toys. It provides different types of fidgets to play with to help individuals self-soothe. Please also see this tool from Google that can serve as an engaging exercise for a deep breathing exercise. And last but not least, try the application, "Coloring Book for Me & mandala" (available for apple and android).
Let me know how these work out for you! There are so many possibilities using these online tools in the session. All you need is a little imagination. I would love to hear your feedback!
Do you have any online game tools you are currently using for teletherapy?
Have you created an online game that you would like to share with the community?
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