An experience where the patient is able to swim with dolphins having
therapeutic benefits, this kind of therapy help people with serious health problems, particularly chronic and psychological.Source of dolphin therapy
Dolphin assisted therapy has become an international rehabilitation program found in at least a dozen countries; the United States, Australia, Mexico and, Russia just toname a few. The therapies conducted at these facilities include three critical elements. First is the skill and experience of the trained staff. Second is the motivation of the parents to be there andto take the workshops, and learn how to continue therapy. Finally, the use of the dolphins and the interaction between the patients. The dolphins are used as a reward. The two week program isconnected to a significant increase in language, speech, gross and fine
Dolphin assisted therapy dates back to the 1950’s with the work of Dr. John Lilly. He studied the effects dolphins made on humanswith disabilities. In 1971, an educational anthropologist named Dr. Betsy Smith from the Florida International University is credited with having initiating the first beginnings of research in thisfield. By accident, Smith discovered that some of the dolphins she was studying responded with extraordinary sympathy to her mentally handicapped brother. It was then when she began to consider the factthat the dolphins could possibly aid in therapeutic programs for handicapped patients. In 1978 and 1979 the first dolphin-assisted pilot was conducted. It took place at Ocean World in Ft. Lauderdale,Florida by Dr. David Nathanson, who is now known as the father of dolphin assisted therapy. It was at this time that the dolphin assisted therapy programs developed into two days per week, one therapistprogram, at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida from 1988 to 1994. In 1995/1996, Dolphin assisted therapy became a full time, five day per week, multiple therapist program at...
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