CP clients adjust to virtual therapy

CP Fox Cities has launched virtual participation classes on Zoom for clients
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 3:01 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Like just about every other business or organization, CP has had to make many adjustments due to the coronavirus.

When CP Fox Cities closed its doors in March to be Safer at Home, the 25 adult clients it serves daily were left to face a difficult adjustment.

"The first two weeks we were all in kind of automatic mode, like this is just what we have to do and we're going to cope, but I would say about week two or three, I was see seeing signs in Anna already, she missed her people, she missed her friends at CP," says Jennifer Walentowski, whose daughter Anna is a CP client.

Walentowski says she could sense sadness in her daughter Anna.

Thankfully, within days, staff at CP began to connect with clients via Facetime or Facebook video posts, but nothing consistent.

"When we re-opened we knew that everybody wasn't going to make it back so we wanted to have a plan for those clients as well," says Rebecca Kamenick, CP Fox Cities Site Manager.

So CP Fox Cities launched virtual participation classes on Zoom for clients like Anna, who are still unable to return due to health concerns.

"Everybody has their friends, we're able to go home, talk to our friends on the phone, communicate that way, but our clients aren't able to do that, they aren't able to work on those goals independently, we're still able to have those clients with us in class via Zoom, they're able to engage with their peers in that class and then also work on their goals," explains Kamenick.

Now, Anna participates in four virtual classes a week, engaging with staff and her friends, and keeping those connections alive.

“It’s been a really great benefit for Anna and for our family,” says Walentowski, with Anna by her side giving a thumbs up.

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