Dolphin Therapy Centre Kas

Indications

Treatable Illnesses / Disabilities

Contraindications

Types Of Therapy

Duration of the Course

Therapy Concept

Effects And Results of Dolphin Therapy

Dolphin Therapy In General

Nathanson Method

Dolphin Therapy in general. Extract

Dolphin – Therapy – Centre - Kas       

Our free water dolphin therapy and Rehabilitation Centre Kas / Turkey is located on the coast, surrounded by lush vegetation. The beautiful country-side has been spared the stress of mass-tourism. Our Centre provides Dolphin Therapy for handicapped children, and adults, carried out by a team of very experienced doctors. Therapy for older patients is decided upon by the doctors according to the patient’s medical profile.

For more than thirty years Russian doctors and scientists have been leading the world in research in animal assisted therapy using dolphins under the state research programme at the Research Institute for “Paediatric Health and Physiotherapy” in Ukraine. Using a special therapy programme methods are used to progressively reactivate the patients, to stimulate them and ease tension, in cases such as Cerebral paralysis, Autism, Downs syndrome and mental disablement. The Therapy Centre has at present dolphins in a large area of azure blue clear seawater, bordered with nets, in a protected and remote bay near Kas.

Only a few hold dolphins in seawater as they should. It is scientifically proved that in concrete bordered pools the sonar frequency of the sea mammals, that is so important for the therapy, is disturbed.

The climate on the south coast of Turkey is ideal for our type of work. Situated in a green and almost untouched coastal landscape, the freewater dolphinarium and the nearby romantic fishing village of Kas provide the optimal atmosphere for families and patients to benefit in full from the dolphin therapy. The water temperatures are in April 18°C, from May to June 25°C, from July to September 30°C, and from October to December sinking to 24°C.

The Course comprises of 10 Therapy sessions, 45 minutes each, over 14 days. Direct Dolphin contact is guaranteed. The Doctor’s Supervision and treatment is supported by the Dolphin trainer and family members. During the Therapy sessions the dolphinarium is off limits to everyone not taking part.

Indications      Dolphin Therapy

The therapy is carried out with children from the age of one year. The doctors have particular experience with young children. A requirement is the ability to be in water without being afraid, without this ability the course of therapy is lengthened. At all times the child wears a safety vest but no neoprene suit as this would act as a barrier against sonic waves.

Treatable Illnesses / Disabilities    

• Autism
• Downs Syndrome
• Depression, also for adults  (except Endegenous Depression)
• ADHS(Attention deficit Hyperactivity disorder)
• Neurotic disorders
• Brain trauma, if no Cramp Syndrome present
• Brain paralysis, if no Cramp Syndrome present
• Paediatric Cerebral paralysis
• Ecological non-adaptations
• Post comatose condition
• Primary headache (Cephalgie)
• Chronic tiredness syndrome
• Retarded speech development
• Retarded mental development
• Massive psychological and complex Trauma
• Paediatric Neurosis (Phobia, Enuresis, Asthenia)

The illnesses listed above have all been successfully treated with dolphin therapy. After an examination of the child’s medical history and the questionnaire the doctors will decide which therapy and methods of treatment will be the most beneficial.

Contraindications    

Epilepsy(under several conditions)
Acute respiratory illnesses
Oncologically ill children
General contraindications for rehabilitation courses within the scope of the health resort circumstances.

Types of Therapy  

Therapeutic swimming with dolphin
Psychotherapy, also with parents
Physiotherapy
Vibro-accustic therapy
Binaural psychic stimulation
Reflex therapy

Duration of the course    

The Course comprises 10 daily sessions with direct dolphin contact, Doctor and trainer, over 14 days.

Therapy Concept   

The therapeutic method is based upon a system of medical-psychological Rehabilitation for the child. The physical contact of the child with the dolphin in the water is most important as it promotes the mental and physical development of the handicapped child.

The Rehabilitation comprises 10 intensive Therapy sessions within 14 days. If necessary, or if so wished, the parents may also take part and/or other therapeutic treatments may be undertaken. e.g. Talasso therapy, Kinesotherapy, Psychotherapy with a communicative aspect, Physiotherapy, Ultrasonic therapy (using the natural Sonar effect of the dolphin).

The Russian specialists call the following a ‚Therapeutic Metaphor’: One should imagine the dolphin as a ‚needle’ that can pass through all pathological and mental barriers of a child, pulling with it a ‚thread’, the ‚thread’ being other types of therapeutic treatment that are now enabled to work effectively.

Effects and Results of Dolphin Therapy     

Dolphin Therapy modifies and corrects patterns of behaviour; this motivates the patient and leads to a great improvement of cognition. This Effect has made it to one of the most successful methods used in complex rehabilitation. Dolphin Therapy acts as a strong catalyst which enables other forms of therapeutic treatment to work effectively

Dolphin-Therapy in General  

The Dolphin Therapy enables mentally or physically handicapped children to find new ways to health.

Methods have been developed after much research with dolphins that create contact with specially trained dolphins. Under the supervision of doctors and a swimming instructor the animals can make contact with the patient which opens possibilities that no medication can provide. It is most probable that the dolphins can feel the vibrations of a malfunctioning organ through their probing with ultrasonic waves. Stress, fear and tension are lessened through contact with a dolphin. One receives positive energy and is freed from negative emotions. In ten sessions the course of the complete therapy is individually specified, according to the grade of the mental or physical handicap. The results of the work between patient and dolphin, and because of this the altered clinical symptoms, are assessed through psycho/physical tests and an analysis of the heart rhythm.

The best results can be obtained in the treatment of handicapped children using a combination of Physiotherapy, methodical healing processes from experienced doctors and the dolphin therapy. This can be ideally combined in a holiday-seminar.

Experienced doctors and therapists progress carefully with a made-to-measure programme for the patient without creating any strain or stress for the child.

The Dolphin Therapy enables children with mental or physical handicaps to find new ways to health.Through the therapeutic game with the dolphins the little patients suddenly do things that have never occurred in other therapy. They laugh for the first time, speak their first words or they have moved easily where before they were cramped.

Nathanson Method

One of the methods the Russian specialists use is the‚ Reward method’. When the patient has mastered the task set by the therapist, the patient is rewarded with a swim with the dolphin. This is a variant of the therapy where the doctor plays on the vanity of the child. Autistic children, but also some children with other ailments, are strongly introverted and can register their environment only in part, or not at all, so a catalyst is required; this is where the dolphins play their part. The Russian doctors use a therapy based on close contact with the dolphin. The child, the doctor, the dolphin and the trainer all together in the water provides the ideal basis for close contact.

Dolphin Therapy in general. Excerpt

A Dolphin-assisted therapy together with specially trained marine biological psychologists enable children with mental or physical handicaps to find new ways to health.
Techniques have been developed for the dolphin-assisted therapy that build-up contact to specially trained dolphins. Under the supervision of the doctors and a dolphin trainer the dolphins understand that they should make contact with the patient. This opens possibilities that no medication or doctor could provide. It is most probable that the dolphins can feel the vibrations of a malfunctioning organ through their probing with ultrasonic waves (is being researched). Moreover it has been proved that through the sonic waves the spine and brain come into a resonance that stimulates the production of substances in the nervous system that in turn improve the functioning of the nervous system as a whole. Stress, fear and tension are lessened through contact with a dolphin. One receives positive energy and is freed from negative emotions. In ten sessions the course of the complete therapy is individually specified, according to the grade of the mental or physical handicap.
The appraisals are reached through a discussion between the parents, the patient and the doctors, before and after the therapy. After each therapy session the positive emotions and sensations of the patient are checked together with the parents.
The interactions of intensive physiotherapy, logopaedic and homeopathic treatment from experienced doctors, together with the dolphin therapy enable an optimal compact holiday course with consultations and counsel, and the best possible health improvement for handicapped children.
Experienced doctors and therapists progress carefully with a made-to-measure programme for the patient without creating too much strain or stress for the child.
Former therapies cannot nearly match the prodigious improvements in health that are induced by playing with the dolphins. Children suddenly can laugh or move freely that they have not been able to do before. They can speak their first words, awake laughing out of their half coma or they can do things that they failed to accomplish in previous therapies.