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Dolphin therapy was developed more than 25 years ago by the American psychologist David E. Nathanson, who conducted his first study on the rehabilitative effects of dolphin therapy as early as 1978. A proven method of treatment, dolphin therapy enables special-needs children, including those with cerebral palsy, to interact with their surroundings in a constructive and playful way.
Benefits of Dolphin Therapy
Central to the therapy is the encounter between the child and the dolphin. Research has shown that dolphins, which have long been known to be highly intelligent animals, are able to recognize the child's deficiency. This recognition helps the child to forge a connection with the dolphin, resulting in a relaxation and openness to learning and healing that can lead to developmental progress.
Not only does dolphin therapy benefit children with cerebral palsy by boosting their confidence in their own abilities, but it also benefits entire families. Parents, together with any brothers and sisters the child may have, are encouraged to be active participants in the therapeutic process. The participation of whole families in dolphin therapy helps foster a sense of togetherness and cooperation within the family – a fact that further aids in the patient's progress.
Advocates of dolphin therapy do not claim that it cures diseases like cerebral palsy. However, research has shown that disabled children learn up to four times faster when exploring their surroundings with dolphins. Also, research seems to suggest that the best results are achieved when a child engages in dolphin therapy for at least two weeks.
Dolphin Therapy Centers
There are a number of Dolphin Therapy centers around the world. They include:
• Dolphin Human Therapy in Key Largo, Florida
• Curacao Dolphin Therapy Center
• Dolphin Reef in Eliat, Israel
• Island Dolphin Care in Key Largo, Florida
• Mundomar, Benidorm, Spain
Learn more about other therapies and treatments for children with cerebral palsy.
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