The Nerd Therapist is a resource for therapists, teachers or anyone who works with children to help them gain a better understanding of memes, video games, movies, tv shows and comic books.
Hi, I’m Mike. I’m a total nerd-turned-therapist. I work with children during the week, and never really grew out of superheroes, cartoons and videogames. This, combined with a good therapeutic lens, means I’m not often far away from being able to introduce kids to a topic or issue with imagery they can relate to and already have examples of.
Kids can tell when an adult is humouring them by pretending to understand Fortnite or Pokemon, and it can be frustrating for them to cover what they consider very basic concepts for you.
This will help you achieve more authentic rapport-building and understanding of what your clients, students or patients enjoy.
Copyright disclaimer: Unless specifically mentioned, all creative works and intellectual properties below are the property of their creator and/or licence holder. I claim no ownership of these properties. My intention is to inform parents and professionals about these properties.
- Chaotic Co-Op: Moving Out, Tools Up and Overcooked.Chaotic Cooperative Fun! This article will cover three very similarly themed games, so I’ve compiled them into a single article for ease of reading. One genre of game we’ve been really enjoying at home lately is affectionately referred to as “chaos co-op”, and involves working together to complete tasks. The games we’ve been playing areContinue reading “Chaotic Co-Op: Moving Out, Tools Up and Overcooked.”
- Rocket League 101Rocket League is football (meaning soccer to Australian and American readers), with rocket-powered Hot Wheels cars. That’s really all you need to know. I’ve been playing this with clients lately and thought this would be worth visiting. Released July 7, 2015 by Psyonix, Rocket League is available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC,Continue reading “Rocket League 101”
- Destiny 101Destiny is a science fantasy, first-person shooter from Bungie, creators of the Halo franchise. Destiny began on the Playstation 4, and the most recent game, Destiny 2, was first released on PS4 and then later on PC, subsequently becoming free to play rather than needing to be purchased. This article will focus on Destiny 2,Continue reading “Destiny 101”
- Children’s media and validation; how Pokemon and Beyblades support passionI was looking at a blank page on a Beyblades article recently for the Pop Culture Competence project, thinking about the “What Is There to Talk About?” section, when my mind wandered to other series like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon and I found a thread linking all three. I immediately sent a massive message to myContinue reading “Children’s media and validation; how Pokemon and Beyblades support passion”
- The Jurassic Park Franchise 101This “not for kids but kids love it” adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel originally premiered in cinemas in 1993 and began a franchise spanning almost three decades, including five released films, one soon-to-be-released film, an older children’s series on Netflix, several video games, novels, comics and toys. As this franchise is huge, this articleContinue reading “The Jurassic Park Franchise 101”
“Appreciation and understanding for childrens media content gives us the ability to communicate and connect in their area of expertise, in a shared language and context”Me, in my notes.