Most therapists have a set of games and activities that they rely on for in-person sessions, but many of these activities are difficult to translate into virtual activities for teletherapy sessions. While you may be able to adapt some of these for teletherapy use, it’s important to have activities chosen specifically for online therapy in case the child doesn’t find your adapted activities engaging.
Interactive Digital Calendars and Journals
Setting goals and reflecting on progress are critical components of the therapy process for clients. While this activity might have traditionally been done orally in person or written on paper, teletherapy offers an opportunity to make it more exciting and engaging for kids.
For example, there are many fun calendar templates online such as on Teachers Pay Teachers or websites that host interactive virtual calendars like Brown Bear Software’s web calendar application. You can also involve your client in making the calendar, such as with Starfall’s “Let’s Make a Calendar” game, and walk them through the special days that month. By viewing the calendar, whether during the session or alone, clients will be able to see their goals for the upcoming sessions and what activities they can expect. It will also help them stay on track outside of sessions if they want to be reminded of the “homework” you’ve given them.
To complement this, you can also find templates and platforms that will facilitate reflection on progress. For example, you can utilize digital worksheets that ask fun questions about what the client has learned and what makes them most proud. Most importantly, these calendars and worksheets can be tailored to the age and interests of the client in just a few clicks.
Online Teletherapy Games for Kids
There is an abundance of resources on the internet for teletherapists, and some of the best are education-focused websites that turn online games into teaching opportunities. You can easily find games that will improve motor skills, offer opportunities to improve speech and language skills, and so much more.
When it comes to building a toolbox of teletherapy activities for kids, start your search on websites such as ABCya!, PBS Kids, and Highlights Kids. For some games, the connection to the goal you have in your teletherapy session is obvious. If you can’t find a game that is specifically made for that goal, you can find a way to incorporate your therapy techniques into the game that will help your client achieve their goals.
Virtual Interactive Cards
If you’re looking for a game that’s more customizable to your teletherapy goals, try a platform like Boom Cards. With these interactive card decks, you can find pre-made decks or create your own and assign them to your clients. As your clients progress through the decks, you’ll receive real-time reports of their progress with automatic grading. These teletherapy activities for kids are great during sessions and as assignments between sessions.