Student Wellness

PresenceLearning To Add Several Hasbro Kids' Characters, Games To Its Online Therapy Platform

PresenceLearning, a provider of online counseling for schools and clinicians, on Tuesday announced a deal to to bring some of Hasbro’s children’s characters and classic games to the PresenceLearning therapy platform.

PresenceLearning’s digital adaptations of Potato Head, Candy Land, and Clue Jr. will be accessible to speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals to use with students during online therapy sessions conducted on the platform.

“PresenceLearning has modified the traditional games to facilitate cooperative play, problem-solving skills, and visual perception skills,” the company said in a news release.

“Our partnership with Hasbro is part of a broader initiative to offer a next-generation therapy platform that helps providers deliver fun, engaging and effective therapy sessions,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker. “We're excited for the potential to create more dynamic therapy experiences by incorporating these iconic characters and games into therapy activities. When children carry over content experiences from their therapy sessions into their play at home, it helps them to make connections and practice skills that can support their progress.”

PresenceLearning’s platform also features a range of other licensed games, activities, and worksheets, as well as an interactive whiteboard and mouse controls to help redirect or refocus students' attention during therapy sessions.

The first Hasbro game to be added to the platform will include a 2D version of Potato Head and a variety of backgrounds — such as farm, classroom, and beach scenes — and Potato Head accessories, which therapists can use to engage students as they address individual therapy goals.

The whodunit game Clue Jr. will be introduced as a motivating way for children to build their vocabulary and expressive language as well as skills such as “inferencing, turn taking, problem solving, and social skills,” PresenceLearning said. The Candy Land activity will be another tool for clinicians to help students improve their critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills.

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