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“Teach Me How to Play!”

  • 15 to 20 minutes
  • In person
  • Teletherapy
Video

Overview

Sometimes the best way to learn is through teaching. In this activity, your client teaches you how to play Mightier and explains the game mechanics, tips and tricks, and calming skills.

Time in Mightier program

Weeks 3+

Therapeutic Goals

  1. Develop implicit and explicit calming skills
  2. Develop emotional awareness
  3. Increase emotional vocabulary
  4. Practice self-reflection
  5. Practice communication and social skills
  6. Support client’s understanding and enjoyment of Mightier

Documentation Suggestion

Client and clinician engaged in a collaborative play intervention using the Mightier biofeedback tool. This intervention focused on developing implicit and explicit coping skills, developing emotional awareness, and increasing the client’s emotional vocabulary and pro-social skills.

Materials needed

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Celebrate your client’s amazing progress and work when playing Mightier and ask them if they would be interested in teaching you how to play Mightier. 

  2. If the child is interested, ask them to show you how to put the heart rate monitor on and start up the tablet. 

  3. Ask them to explain Mightier to you using the questions below or your own questions.

    What does Mightier do?
    How does Mightier work?
    What does Mightier help you with?

  4. Ask them to lead you through a game. (You may have different games unlocked than your client. That is okay. You can ask them what game they recommend you play or what they like the best out of your unlocked games.) 

  5. While playing, tilt the camera to show your screen while playing. Have the client coach you through their tips and tricks for game-play while asking questions about what to do next. 

  6. Get into the red often. You most likely will get into the red regularly, but if you are not seeing many increases, you can put your arms above your head or engage in a smaller, less noticeable activity to get your heart rate up. 

  7. When you are in the red, ask your client about this using the questions below or your own questions. Model calming skills and effective ways to bring your heart rate down.

    -What do I do when I am in the red?
    -What does it mean when I am in the red?
    -What can I do to get back down to the blue?
    -What is your favorite way to get back down to the blue?
    -Do you find it hard to get your heart rate down? I am finding it hard right now!
    -What do you notice about my heart rate?

  8. Engage in play with your client for as long as you would like and at whatever cadence you would like. Throughout this time help your client to notice that everyone gets in the red and normalize their emotional experience.
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