My son Ahmet Hamdi has been diagnosed
mental and motor retardation. He has also some spastic
characteristics and hyperactivity problems. The doctors
we consulted suspected Williams Syndrome but it could not
be diagnosed with any
certainty because these tests cannot be undertaken in
Turkey. Because of
general condition, he could not speak nor could he take care
of himself. He was attending a special rehabilitation Centre
in Gaziantep, the town where we have lived for the past 5
years. One day we heard on TV, quite by chance, something
about dolphin therapy and we made investigations in the
internet, subsequently we made contact with the Centre. We
went to Kas on my vacation and had a screening with Dr.
Galina. After her evaluation we decided on a course of
Therapy. Our first interview was in July.
Our therapy would start on 11th September. We drove to Kas
with our car and we stayed at the apart hotel ALI BABA.
The 12th September was given as our therapy date, so on that
day we went excitedly to the therapy Centre. But in the
Centre they told us that there was a mistake and our therapy
would start on the 13th of September. There was nothing we
could do. We returned to the hotel and extended our
reservation for one more day but our enthusiasm was
The next day, we went to see Mischa at the stated time, and
the Therapy had begun. Just as everything was carrying on
very successfully, we learnt, on the 3rd day, that Mr. Ahter
who was helping my son Ahmet Hamdi would not work with us
anymore. This state of affairs affected us very much. Mr.
Axel came to us to discuss the situation and informed us
that we would continue with Miss Svetlana. He also told us
that this situation would not affect the therapy, and that
the most important part of the therapy is to be in the same
environment as the dolphin and to receive the sonar waves
emitted by the dolphin. Mr. Ahter entered the water and
showed my son what to do and helped him, but Miss Svetlana
did not do this and wanted me to enter the water. One other
problem, maybe the biggest one, was that our therapy times
were close to evening. The temperature was evidently
decreasing and the wind was coming up. Since my son has a
weak constitution, he was trembling when he came out of the
water. We tried to clear this problem using two towels.
The therapy continued with some troubles. However, on the
8th day of the therapy my son did something which he has
never done before. At night, while we were sitting on the
balcony, he stood up and began to sing a refrain, a part of
a song. Ahmet Hamdi, who could only vocalize just a few
words until that day, was singing for the first time. I
would have cried with joy but instead of crying, I praised
Allah once again, because He had given us the opportunity to
meet with Mischa.
Eight months have elapsed since then. The reason we waited
so long to make a report to you was that we wanted to
observe his progress and provide more detailed information.
Within the elapsed time, my son could sing a few more
songs. He can say 15-20 times more words than before the
therapy. He can keep more contact with his mother and
sister. When he is hungry he can express himself that he
wants food. When he needs to visit the toilet he goes to the
toilet by himself (although he cannot clean himself). He
also has fewer problems with his teacher at lessons.
We don’t know what life will give us or will take away.
After all the difficulties we have experienced, a little
smile we gain is worth all the effort, especially if it from
your own child.
Thank you all :)
Wednesday 24 May, 2006 6:35 PM
I want to write something about a very short therapy-2
sessions- we had last summer. My son Doga is 10 years old,
autistic and hyperactive. We had a very distressed time in
the summer of 2005. My son was ever more unhappy and
nervous. He was shouting and crying continuously. Nothing
was making him happy. News about the benefits of dolphin
therapy which I had read about in
the Cumhuriyet newspaper encouraged me to try this therapy.
We were just able to get a reservation for 29th October. The
first two days the weather was OK but then the temperature
of the seawater dropped and Doga did not want to enter the
water, so we postponed the remaining therapy until this
year. We have been waiting for the meeting this year with
enthusiasm. The two sessions were very good for all the
family. This winter passed much more peacefully. Doga’s
crying is wholly finished. His perception developed very
It is possible to join the therapy with the whole family. It
is wonderful to swim with the dolphin and it creates an
effect like a dose of Prozac. We are all very happy. We fell
in love with Mischa. I think not only handicapped children
but all children should swim with Mischa because of
its wonderful effect; in my opinion it is more successful
than the best psychologist.
Regards and love
Thankyou for the information about the second location. As
promised we have managed, at long last, to send you a short
report on our experiences:
Already two months have passed since we were in Kas. For us
it was a very intensive, but also a very pleasant holiday.
At the beginning Stephanie was not too keen on Mischa or the
Therapy. But this improved after four days and most of the
time she didn’t cry at all with Mischa. Slowly she found it
interesting when Mischa came to her. She liked swimming with
Mischa and Papa best. ( see photos)
In Kas we noticed that she could swing her legs a lot more
freely when sitting. She couldn’t do that before. At home
this ability deteriorated a little. Probably something to do
with the colder climate?!
we have noticed changes in her social behaviour and her
cognizance of her surroundings. Her eye-to-eye contact has
improved and she reacts more quickly when we call her or
when she should look at something. She can also show her
emotions a little better.
We enjoyed it very much and we were also very thankful for
the very good service from Alex und Natalie, who gladly and
promptly filled our every wish.
Also the Physiotherapy with Artur was very good, we continue
at home with certain exercises.
We were glad that we had separately booked our flight from
Switzerland, so that we had a day-flight and not overnight.
The only drawback was that it was a bit more expensive,
because this method of travel was not on offer from you.
Should we visit Kas again, then definitely
only with travel by day. We think that you, as the travel
organizers, should also have this on offer.
Please extend our best wishes to the team at the
dolphinarium. We were happy to hear that Mischa now has a
partner, because we thought he had more than enough to do.
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Best wishes from snowy Switzerland,
Anita and Marcel Greuter
Already a month has passed since we were in Kas with Andrina
for Dolphin Therapy.
We are still filled with enthusiasm. Although we didn’t notice
any change in Andrina’s condition during the Therapy it was
more than just successful. Now that we are at home again we
notice, specifically with regard to Andrina’s psychological
condition (Depression), a massive and positive improvement.
She is happy and contented, is looking forward to the future
(she would like to become a Dolphin Therapist….) and she has
integrated herself in the classroom. There has been no change
in her Anorexia as yet. Taken altogether the visit was well
In Kas you mentioned that shortly (in December?) a new Therapy
Centre will be opened. Would you please send us details? Our
neighbour is very much interested, and we would like to inform
him about the new Centre.
Many thanks for your reply, and would you please give our
kindest regards to Alex and Nathalie.
with best wishes,
Im Leuen 84
CH-8243 Altdorf SH
+4152/649 43 40
Hello Mr Linke,
Many thanks for the detailed Information. I now realise that
we are a part of the big Kas-Dolphin-Family. It was not just
a business transaction, it was a human relationship. So I
am pleased all the more to hear from ‘our family’. I was especially
pleased to hear that Mischa is no longer alone and that he
may work on his own family….
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 10:15 PM
Subject: Delphintherapie vom 17.10.-31.10.2005 in Kas
Hello Mr Linke,
As promised, greetings from the Baltic coast.
3 weeks have gone by and we can say that the Therapy was very
good. The team in the Dolphin Centre, Natalie, Alex and Paul's
favourite Driver Ismail were all very kind and we felt really
good the whole time. Everyone took good care of us. Everyone
was very understanding and very patient with our Paul. We
have already noted many small improvements. Paul is now more
concentrated, his Motorik has improved and he has learnt some
new words. The Physiotherapy with Mr. Ahter Sumbul was also
very good, we took back with us a lot of helpful information.
At this point we would like to heartily thank once again everyone
that was involved in this successful venture. I am attaching
a few photos.
A further comment on the Organisation: we must admit that
at the beginning, having decided on the Therapy in Kas, we
were a little sceptical as to whether everything would turn
out as described. Today we can say that it was a wonderful
experience and that the Therapy has made improvements. The
Aquapark Hotel was, by the way, also very nice.
The Organisation was very good from Start to Finish. Something
that we did find annoying, you can’t get away without a little
criticism, was the Transfer with Oger Tours. Everything worked
well and the Personnel were friendly, but changing vehicles
twice in the middle of the night was not to our taste.
Maybe the Therapy Bus Service could organize the Transfer,
that would save the kids having to change vehicles and save
the parents some Stress.
If you like you may use this ‘Mail for your Success stories.
We will happily answer any questions, please send to our E-Mail
We are definitely coming back to Kas, and to Mischa the Dolphin.
Best Wishes also to Elena,
the Harzke Family,
Therapy Report from the Kohl Family
Luxemburg den, 1.10.2005
Stress on arrival in Frankfurt airport, it was crowded and
most check-in desks were not open, it was 4 am and there were
long queues. Sylvie had asked for a special service for Steve,
our handicapped son, so that he wouldn’t become impatient
and start his screaming. So we were checked-in with our baggage
straightaway. In the aircraft everything ran smoothly, there
were no problems and the crew was very friendly. There were
no problems either on arrival in Dalaman. Finding the busses
was a bit difficult as we didn’t know which one was for us,
but Öger Tours collected us using a sign and took us to the
right bus. The Transfer was long and chaotic, we had to change
busses twice and we arrived very tired.
In Kas we had accommodation in the Hotel Aqua Park, Room 409,
with a small balcony, and the first week went very well. Steve,
our son, is very loving but also very loud, especially in
the first week of Dolphin Therapy. Steve claps his hands a
lot and our neighbours complained, so we had to move into
Suite 518 with a veranda. After the move Steve was quieter,
he could go in and out when he wanted to, and the view was
much nicer. The Hotel was very pleasant with lots of different
things on offer, the staff was very friendly, but the families
with handicapped children should have all been accommodated
in the same building, a little further away, right from the
start. It was also a shame that no-one at the Reception spoke
German or French, which could have caused problems. Luckily
our Therapy Escort Connie, who was always with us, spoke French
and translated for us and gave us information and advice.
The food in the Hotel was varied and excellent.
The Therapy team was very friendly, the Russian therapists
were kind and understanding, our Attendant Alex was cool at
the beginning, but thawed out later on. Ahter Sumbul, the
Physiotherapist, and Alex were very friendly, also Connie
our Escort who did her job excellently. At every session the
therapists entered the water with Steve and explained in Russian,
Nathalia then translating for us into German and Connie into
French. In this way we understood everything for our son Steve.
The therapists who entered the water with Steve were very
competent. Svetlana and Airat were very friendly and motivating
for Steve, we hope they stay there a long time.
Kas is beautiful and hot, but bearable because of the wind.
This Therapy helped Steve a lot; he will in time find his
way out of his isolation.
Here are a few examples of sentences spoken by Steve during
his stay in Kas:
Going to the toilet on my own.
Put that in the bin, you’ve eaten everything.
I’m going to bed now.
I break everything.
The Transfer from the Hotel to the Therapy was punctual and
friendly. Altogether we were satisfied.
Steve Kohl’s Therapy:
At the beginning of the Therapy, Steve was very nervous and
impulsive. In the evenings he quickly went to sleep, spoke
a few more words. He didn’t have enough self-confidence. At
the end of the first week, he was showing more initiative,
he spoke more, re-acted quicker and was less nervous. Steve
is more free now, he has more self-confidence and he is less
afraid. His glances are more stable; he can look around normally
for longer periods and can maintain normal eye-contact to
people and things longer too.
Phone: 00352 352-81 25 70
Fax : 00352 352-81 87 26
As promised, here follows a Summary of our Dolphin Therapy in
We had been previously informed that the Transfer from Dalaman
Airport to Kas was functioning well only intermittently, and
as we didn’t want to spend three hours in a cramped tourist
bus we booked at short notice a `special Transfer` – expensive,
but it saved us trouble with the transfer.
The Hotel was suitable for the Handicapped, the personnel was
friendly. We were booked in the Hotel Phellos. We were told
that ramps were present in the Reception area for children in
Wheelchairs and Buggies, we still had to contend with one or
two stairs, but there are no hotels in Kas with lifts. The hotel
food was very good. A small criticism is that because of the
half-board, the cost of water and juices for the children is
The Therapy team must be highly praised. The physiotherapy with
Mr. Ahter Sümbül was very professional. One receives also a
very detailed Report over the work of the Physiotherapist with
the child. The sessions last about 1 hour. We were very enthusiastic
about this therapy. One can take home lots of new information
The local supervisory staff comprised 3 interpreters and one
bus chauffeur. This team was particularly a massive help. They
provided a really great service. Not only were we taken to the
Dolphin Therapy with the bus, but also to the beach or the chemist
or wherever we needed to go. The Team also undertook occasional
babysitting, so that we parents could switch off for an hour
OK, now to the reason for our trip, the Dolphin Therapy:
As we had already undertaken a `Therapy Experience with Dolphins`
in Cuba, we brought with us certain expectations to Kas. The
`Russian Method` of Dolphin Therapy is quite different to that
on offer in Cuba (or to that in Florida).
At first we were disappointed, because nothing much happened.
Also Tobias was unsure of himself because no one told him to
do anything. He was allowed to stroke the dolphins, swim with
them, throw them the ball and so on, but all without pressure.
The dolphin did not play the role of being a `Reward`, not even
as `Motivator`. He was just there, and Tobias, who was always
with a parent in the water, could decide mostly himself what
he wanted to do. Now whether that is extremely good or bad,
I would not like to say. I must admit that at first we were
disappointed, also because Denis, the Beluga whale, was ill
and we never saw him. So every day Mischa the dolphin was there,
and the Therapy was similar each day.
Before the Therapy began, Dr. Michael treated Tobias`spine (something
like Manual Therapy). What troubled us during the Therapy sessions
was the fact that the Doctor did not enter the water with Tobias,
to work together with the dolphin, but instead sat on the edge
of the pool and gave instructions from there. But like I said,
at the end of the Therapy we came to the conclusion that the
peacefulness and harmony that is produced by this form of Dolphin
Therapy certainly has its advantages. Tobias enjoyed the close
contact to the dolphin during all the therapy sessions very
much. And especially because he could, without pressure or continual
demands, swim with the dolphin.
The sea in Kas was very clean and clear. The water temperature
was most comfortable. The Dolphinarium was also very clean and
Taking it all together, we enjoyed our stay in Kas very much.
The supervisory team was excellent and the local organization
functioned very well. We can neither criticize nor extremely
praise the Dolphin Therapy. It is a Therapy to which there is
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1. Dolphin Therapy in Kas, Turkey
We had a lot of fuss at the beginning of our journey. Shortly
before we left for Kas, Turkey, we had to buy a child’s seat.
A seat that the Airline Condor required to certify. The suggested
model ‘Romer King Quickfix" is no longer available according
to the supplier. Apparently it was last manufactured two years
ago. So we opted for the next model in line, namely the ‘Romer
King TS Plus’. After a lot of backwards and forwards, Condor
finally found it acceptable.
So we started our journey on 12.09.05 at 16.00 hrs at Stuttgart
airport. At the airport we were handled very well and were
accompanied to the aircraft. The flight to Dalaman airport
took 2.5 hours and we were pampered by the crew all the way.
When we arrived in Dalaman (plus 1 hour) the crew arranged
for an Escort to be there on our return.
At the airport Alex was waiting for us (he takes care of the
dolphin park) and he took us to the transfer bus which we
had specially booked. Although this was not compatible with
the price as we had to wait in the heat for our ‘special transfer’
to leave, costing 240 ä, for 1.5 hrs when another family joined
us. So we left finally at 21.30 for Kas, a distance of 190
kms that took 3 hours, the roads not being as good as those
We arrived at the Hotel Phellos at 00.30 hrs; as soon as we
got to our rooms we went to bed as we were very sleepy. We
had seen little of our immediate surroundings so it was with
great joy when we arose the next day to see the dark blue
sea and mountains, above us blue sky and sunshine.
We were driven daily to the Dolphin park, 5 mins. away, with
the Transfer bus. The busses could not comfortably transport
wheelchairs or Rehab-buggies.
At the Dolphin park Dominik had a Doctor’s examination that
took about an hour. Afterwards we talked about the aims of
the Dolphin therapy for Dominik, and then we could begin.
First of all Dominik was introduced to Mischa the dolphin.
The Therapy session lasted about 45 mins. each day, Dominik
was in the seawater pool with Mischa and either Dr. Michael
or the Physiotherapist (Ahter Sumbul). The Therapy did Dominik
a lot of good and he also enjoyed it very much. Dominik had
to touch the dolphin either with his hands or his feet. He
could also lie on the dolphin and swim around the pool with
him. The dolphin is held in a natural environment. During
this time Dominik became more conscious of his surroundings
and also his eye contact improved. Dominik was not too keen
on the daily Physiotherapy at the Hotel. At the end of the
Therapy we were presented with a report and a video showing
the exercises to be continued at home. We practice the exercises
diligently and Dominik now likes to do them.
The return Journey began with a catastrophe. We were picked
up by the transfer bus at 16.00 hrs. The driver soon discovered
a defect, so we stopped and a replacement bus was sent out.
After waiting 30 mins., we had to unload all our baggage.
Then the journey to Dalaman continued (Arrival 19.00 hrs).
There we were supposed to have been met by Metin Obus, a member
of the firm A-gerTour, and escorted as we were in Stuttgart.
However this was not the case. We were helped at the check-in,
but after the passport control there was no-one to take over,
so we were on our own. So we had to join all the other passengers
in the airport bus to get to the aircraft. Weighed down with
hand baggage, video camera, our child’s seat and a handicapped
child in a rehab buggy we entered the airport bus over an
escalator. Once at the aircraft we had to seek help from someone
to stow the rehab buggy, then we entered the aircraft carrying
Dominik and all our baggage. We were welcomed by a a very
friendly Condor crew. The flight lasted 3 hours so we had
a rest. The departure time at 21.00 hrs was not quite suitable
for handicapped children. Having landed in Stuttgart (23.00
hrs MET) everything went smoothly. We were met by two young
men on the aircraft. They put Dominik, complete with seat,
in a wheelchair and we were off past passport control and
baggage claim to our car, ready and waiting to take us home.
At 00.30 hrs. our long and eventful day came to an end.
Although the Transfer had its hiccups, the stay in Kas, Turkey,
was nice and we will try, with the help of donations, for
another Dolphin Therapy next year. Then with the hope that
the transfer will be more efficient.
When we were told that our son Erman Asarlı
is half autistic in the Çapa Medicine Faculty in Istanbul
we were depressed and made some research. We have taken him
to Laser (Acupunctural) therapy and special training and still
continue to do so. Finally, we took him to Dolphin Therapy
at Kaş. After the therapy our son begun to speak more than
before. He has gained more confidence. He has begun to ride
his bicycle very well. He is going to 5th class of primary
school in order to approach and make friends with others.
His interest in, and communication with his environment has
increased. We hope he will contiue to improve.
Kadriye Asarlı, İstanbul
0544-241 75 20
had a great time in Kas at the end of May and beginning of
June. We took part in the Dolphin Therapy with our daughter
(10 years old, Rett Syndrome). The Organizers and the Therapists
were extremely friendly and helpful. Our daughter received
a Physiotherapy that we had long searched for in Austria.
The surroundings, the weather and the water (one could see
down to the seabed) were superb. We really enjoyed these two
Three years ago we visited Dr. Nathanson in Florida. We were
quite impressed with Dolphin Therapy so we decided to do it
again. This time we chose Kas, because it’s nearer, cheaper
and there is no 1 or 2-year waiting list. We were not disappointed
and we shall return there when possible.
The Therapy is a little different to that in Florida. We and
our daughter also enjoyed the therapy in Kas very much. It
is more restful than in Florida (always only one therapy session)
and also the Beluga whales were snuggley and easy-going. It
was nice that on the last day brothers and sisters could enter
the water too. A big thankyou to the Organizers and especially
to the Physiotherapist.
We will readily answer any queries !
Sorry to be late.
Regarding Adrian, first of all thank you for everything, I
think the therapy was very successful. Adrian changed a lot,
he has quietened down, he is much more interested in his surroundings,
he is getting up more.
He has also stopped ( almost!) staying in his own world, he
is more present now. One more thing, his "head-cramps"
have also stopped. I have the feeling that Adrian has started
to learn more things, he concentrates, he starts to busy himself
with games, he tries to do things and is not passive all the
It is not really the "report" that you expected
I think, but you can see that the Dolphin Therapy has brought
us a lot and it gives us a good feeling.
Next report will come, I promise,
Best regards to all of you Richard Gallon,
Worldchampion in Acrobatic- Paragliding
We have experienced
2 wonderful weeks in a beautiful environment.
It was a time that we will never forget. A super team – from
Management, personal attention, Driver, Interpreter right
up to the Therapists and Doctors (Physiotherapy and Dolphin
Therapy) - friendly, helpful, one’s every wish was catered
It was the first Dolphin Therapy for Silas, our 12 year old
Due to past occurrences, the boy is extremely psychologically
handicapped, he suffers acute anxiety, massive Auto aggression
and an atypical Autism.
Our experiences are difficult to put into words, but because
Silas has a Communication-help (Talker), here follows a small
excerpt from his own words:
-animals freed head for new knowledge
-I brought old things out of my brain
-it was very interesting for me
-Mischel was very helpful
-I experience lots of new things about myself
-I will miss the animals very much
-my thoughts are clear, my words better
The Dolphin Therapy was indeed a great break-through for Silas.
Never could he write about his feelings, never about his past.
We, also, learnt a lot of new things, we learnt a lot about
our son, how he thinks, feels and about his Problems.
Because of these experiences a lot of things have changed
at home in his Treatment und Therapy and we hope with all
of our hearts that now Silas can really be helped.
Silas speaks more, and clearer, he can also write at home
about his Feelings and Thoughts, has learned to communicate
not only his immediate desires. It borders on a miracle that
we have at last the opportunity to really get to know our
child, and we can understand his actions a lot better.
We can only say one thing:
We would gladly answer any questions from interested families:
Report sent by Waidler family as PPT
presentation-June 2005 -
on to download
letter from Silas
Dietmar and I realised today that Silas’ Dolphin Therapy was
three months ago.
We had promised to inform you of his progress.
It is a fact that Silas has maintained his state of health
since the Therapy.
He seldom sits in his wheelchair and rarely uses his arm splints
preferring for self-protection
bandages which we used at the end of our stay in Kas.
He is altogether more content and well-balanced as he was
before the Therapy and
he still writes on his Talker. He appears more at ease and
also more concentrated. This is
really a success and we are very happy about that.
Naturally we hope that he will continue to improve; we hope
that at some point
(hopefully soon) we can do away with fixation and restraints.
Very best wishes from all of us to all of you ! We often think
of you and the
wonderful time in Kas.
Hello Axel, Alex, Galina, in fact everyone!
Nina is doing just fine. Her Doctor is well pleased, she has
really improved. Her co-ordination is smoother and she is
more stable and is still very happy. It was a wonderful experience
for all of us.
Maybe we shall come back next year (We shall start saving
In the attachment are a few photos from our holiday.
To Alex: How are you? Got lots of stress? NINA misses you!
with best wishes
NINA, HANNAH, Petra and Thomas Gietl
Hello Elena, Hello Axel,
At long last I have found the time to send a reply. Luis is
very well and has made tremendous progress. Before the Dolphin
Therapy he would look at me only by chance, now he concentrates
on what is said to him. Also when someone entered the room
Luis would show no reaction, now he straightaway turns his
head to see who it is. In the next few days I will write again
and attach some photos. Till then, greetings to all we know,
we had such a nice time we really felt at home, we miss you
all very much.
Alexandra, Silvia, Luis and Lenard
Report on Dolphin Therapy
by Laura Luna Thaller
Date: Sunday, 19.6.2005 to Tuesday, 28.6.2005
First of all we would like to thank everyone for their commitment
We express our gratitude not only to the medical/scientific
team under the management of Dr. Gallina Manjosova and her
Assistant Dr. Elena Butusova and the Dolphin trainer Mr. Ilja
Makarevitsch, but also to the organisatory staff under the
management of Alex Lavrinetz and the Interpreters Ms. Siara
and Ms. Natalia Lavrinetz, to Ms. Ece and our Driver Mr. Mehmed
, and to Mr. Ahter Suembuel for the Physiotherapy.
The Dolphin Therapy was a success for Laura.
2.1 The Flight
Although we had stated when booking that we were travelling
with a wheelchair, and Megasport has already sent necessary
information and demand to Oeger Tour no wheelchair service
had been ordered in Salzburg. The flight times were not suitable
for children or for the handicapped, our children aged 4 and
9 found it very trying. The return flight at 6am on Friday,
meaning that we had to leave at midnight on Thursday thereby
losing a whole day (Friday) at the hotel, was not to our taste.
The crew were most competent, reliable and punctual, whether
it was collection from the airport or the daily transfers
from and to the Therapy, or whether it was the small helpful
trips to the beach or in the town.
2.3 Welfare Crew
On all points very capable and very competent! Always kind
and friendly, whether it be day or night. We felt we were
in very good hands! At no time was there anything to criticize.
If this high standard of Service is maintained (and we are
sure this will be the case) then this will be a very positive
aspect for all other families that come to the Therapy with
2.4 The Hotel (Hotel Club Phellos)
The rooms were OK, however not always wheelchair-suitable.
Almost no amenities for parents with small children (the playground
had 2 see-saws and 2 swings) and the swimming pool, except
for the very small baby pool, was too deep for small children.
The food in the form of a Buffet was very good, however a
greater portion of it was, because of the hot spices, inedible
From our point of view the Therapy ran its course very well.
Through the Doctor’s direction and assistance, and because
of the dolphin Mischa and the beluga whale Denis, improvements
in the following areas of Laura’s condition became apparent:
1. Range of motion, especially in the shoulder joints, was
visibly improved (eg. Throwing the ball overhead).
2. Laura’s reaction time, usually10 to 15 seconds delay due
to the Rett syndrome, was noticeably reduced.
3. Laura is much quicker to obtain eye-to-eye contact, which
also points to a faster reaction-time.
4. Phonetics and speech is distinctly better and more understandable.
3.2 Course of Therapy
A few further words concerning the course of the therapy:
We were pleased that Laura always had a fixed appointment
(at the same time of day), and that because of this Laura
could be well prepared.
Dr.Gallina and Dr.Elena were very competent and never asked
too much of Laura and she was never in a dangerous situation.
The success of the therapy was, to our mind, strengthened
through the Doctors’ instructions.
It is also of our opinion that the dolphin and beluga whale
were very well prepared for their task.
The Physiotherapy administered by Mr. Ahter Suembuel was a
very good, helpful and supportive supplement.
With best wishes
30. June 2005
It is very nice to hear from you. Sammy is doing fine. I really
think that the therapy helped him a lot in the psychological
development. His movements are only a little better but his
alertness and interest in the world have visibly improved.
I was thinking to get in touch with lgor and will probably
do so, but later. I also remember about the composition you
asked me to write but again,later. Since the therapy season
is not coming up for the next couple of months I would take
some time to write it. There are so many things happening
here - I am still dealing with the consequences of being absent
from Moscow for a month - therefore, I am sorry, but this
is not a good time me yet.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
for not responding earlier, but unfortunately Antea was ill
and we spent a week in the hospital. She had high fever and
a convulsion, which we could not resolve at home. Now she
is at home hopefully for the final stage of recovery.
the effects of the therapy: I should start seeing them now
as Dr Igor told me, but unfortunately because of the illness
it may be delayed, But I can write to you about my experience
of the therapy....you may also show my email address but I
don’t check my mailbox regularly...
spent a lovely two week vacation in Kas, Turkey, with my daughter
experiencing Dolphin Therapy for 10 days. My daughter suffered
lack of oxygen prior to birth and now she is retarded in physical
and mental development.
We heard about the positive effects of dolphins on such babies
so we wanted to try. We both enjoyed the therapy. My daughter
simply loved it; everything about it, the animals, the water,
the doctor, even the animal trainer. The therapy started with
getting to know first Misha the dolphin and then a couple
of days later the belugas. As my daughter showed interest
and no fear we could proceed with the therapy without problems.
The therapy consisted of three main parts. Building up physical
closeness with the animals, contact through the soles of the
feet and the palms of the hand, then playing with the dolphin
or beluga by throwing balls or rings, and also feeding them,
and the last part swimming with them or staying close to them
in the water. Each therapy consisted of these three parts,
but always flexible adapting the situation to the mood of
the child or animal. Always in a calm and relaxed atmosphere,
things were happening but not forced. Sometimes it seemed
nothing was happening, and then one entered the water and
felt on ones own body the strength of the ultrasound emitted
by the dolphin, and realised that the ‘nothing’ was also a
lot, and strong therapy. The effects of the therapy should
be seen after one month as it takes time for the central nervous
system to react to the therapy, We are starting this period
now. Till now I noticed a boost in the mental abilities of
my daughter. She understands more, and she expresses herself
better. She interacts more with the world around her and her
speech has started to develop more. On the physical level
as well, she seems to be more in control of her own body.
In all it was a joyful experience with benefits, something
I would like to try again.
have experienced 10 wonderful hours of therapy with Mischa
and the Belugas, and they have won our hearts. We were sorry
it had to end, but maybe we shall return next year.
Thanks to Igor, Sascha, Viktor, Juri, Helena, Ludmilla and
all those other friendly people. It was really super.
Esel with Lisa (9yrs)
Elena, hello Axel,
I would like to say once again that the last two weeks in
Kas were wonderful.
The organization of the Hotel, Transfer and the Therapy were
The Therapy was absolutely tops!!! Total Dolphin Contact!!!!
The little problems, for which you were not responsible, you
solved immediately you were informed!
Maxi still misses Misha and Denis.
Now we shall wait and see how the Therapy has benefited him.
At any rate, even whilst we were there, he shed a lot of impediments
and fears that were always an obstruction during his whole
Let’s see what the future brings.
I promise to keep you informed of progress!!
Best Wishes from us all!!!
P.S. You may publicize this text,
Contact Address: Steffie.Wagner@web.de