Advantages of Virtual Sandtray

Overview

A tablet based solution for a virtual sandtray presents many advantages over a conventional physical based sandtray.

Familiar Medium

The use of tablet presents many advantages:

  • The hardware is affordable – you may already own the required hardware
  • Portable
    • Not tied down to one location
    • Not limited models in a travel tray
    • No bulky hardware in your office
  • Working With Differences – the ability to treat clients that can’t utilize a physical tray
  • The youth of today are attracted and already engaged in the use of electronics

Software Advantages

The use of a software program on a tablet medium allows new features to be used:

  • Virtual Sandtray can be used remotely
    • Remote with just one client
    • Family therapy where each has their own device
    • Groups in the same room or disparate locations
    • Therapist has control over who can edit the tray
  • Virtual Sandtray allows trays to be saved
    • A physical sandtray does not allow a tray to be saved for use by the client
    • A user can reopen a prior session, allowing them to expand and explore
    • The program has an autosave feature that is enabled by default. The setting is per user, can be enabled/disabled and can be setup to save on 3, 5 and 10 minute intervals. There are five files saved total, with the oldest being discarded.
    • The therapist can email the saved file to supervisors, professors or anyone as appropriate
  • Screenshots can be taken with Virtual Sandtray
    • What you see on the screen is what gets captured, the controls disappear momentarily
    • Pictures taken are accessible from the gallery on the device
    • Pictures can be emailed, whether it be to the client, parents or supervisor
    • In remote, the therapist can disable the screenshot feature within the application. They however can utilize built in OS functionality, which we can not block.
  • Videos can be taken with Virtual Sandtray
    • Capture just parts of the process or the whole session
    • In remote, the therapist can disable the video feature within the application. They however can utilize built in OS functionality, which we can not block.
  • Explore the main components of Virtual Sandtray to see more features
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