So, who doesn’t like a good scavenger hunt?
Not only are they fun, but scavenger hunts also help children work on essential skills like problem-solving. It also helps to reinforce act-out methods they have been taught by parents or teachers in a physical way, leading to increased retention. They are also easy to customize to your child’s ability and interests.
Furthermore, scavenger hunts can be used as a tool to motivate kids to be active. It can also be used as a strengths based approach to therapy. For someone who has been doing Telehealth for 2 years now, these scavenger hunts have been useful tools in engagement, self- esteem, getting out the wiggles and allowing kids the freedom to be kids.
Expectations are often placed on children to sit still and be quiet. After experiencing virtual school and therapy last year, I have found this to be extremely difficult, especially for younger children. Why not embrace movement and exploring of the mind and body? I hope you find these helpful and fun.
About Jessica Carroll:
As a recent Graduate from Capella University’s Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, Jessica is now a Resident in working toward state licensure for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Jessica is an active member of the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society of Professional Counseling, as well as the American Counseling Association.
Jessica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Counseling in 2004. She has 14 years experience working in the counseling field. This includes working in a group home for severely abused and neglected children with an array of behavioral diagnoses. Jessica has also worked with adolescents with substance abuse concerns. Jessica is familiar with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD as well as, mental health skill building, life coaching, parent partnership, and crisis intervention. To learn more about Jessica, visit HERE.