It can be challenging to engage children in initial therapy sessions. Colored Candy Go Around is a creative way to gather information about the client and their family and begin to open up communication as well as identify goals for therapy. This is an activity can also be used to engage children during initial group sessions. Questions can be easily modified to fit each family or group situation.
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