What happens during Dolphin Therapy?

Therapy Steps

The role of the members of the family

 

 

 

 

 

What happens during Dolphin Therapy?   

The children work at set times on a floating dock with their Therapist, trainer, father/mother, interpreter (if necessary) and a specially trained dolphin. Dolphins have, as they have also shown in other animal-assisted therapies, a definite feeling for weakness, and they come closer to the children to play. This way the children quickly lose their fear of the large animals and through the dolphin they can take up contact with their environment. The children can find new confidence, lose their fear, and initiate new contact to their environment supported through the work with these intelligent and sensible animals. Only in this way can they begin to develop, profiting from the impulses from their environment and everyday life. Quickly the children lose their fear and gain confidence. A child whose life has been marred by apathy and isolation can show reactions again that were once thought lost. The therapy should last at least ten days to achieve appropriate results.

The therapy is not just ”swimming with the dolphins”. The tasks given to the child by the therapist during a session, the commands given to the dolphin from the trainer, and the conscious or unconscious perception of the parent close-by encourages and motivates the child to solve these tasks. The motivation awakened by the dolphin provides the child with positive reactions which are praised and encouraged. The tasks presented to the child are increased in difficulty during the therapy sessions according to the child’s progression and ability. Furthermore the contact to the dolphin is progressively intensified from stroking and playing, to being pushed or pulled through the water by the dolphin.

During the therapy a programme is formed together by therapist and parents for later use at home. This programme must be diligently practiced at home. A further dolphin therapy promises best possible results of the treatment.

 

Therapy Steps   

1st Step

The child is highly motivated during the first sessions of dolphin therapy which causes an escalation and activation of different modulations of the child’s brain. As a result more sensory information is received by the patient from all feeling organs, visual and auditory.

2nd step

After the bilateral contact between the child and dolphin is reached (generated) and the communicative resonance is established, the phase of common psychic and motor function (contact) begins between child and dolphin. The therapist asks the child to do together with dolphins a row of structured exercises. Active contact with the dolphin comes into being from the throwing of a ball and receiving the ball from the dolphin, throwing above a rope or ring. Also one uses different playing objects, like a ball, ring or rope.

Then different movements are practised in the water. The verbal and non-verbal contact with the dolphins exists constantly. Every element of a practice is shown to the child by the doctor who is also in the water.

Before the application of a dolphin as a co-therapist in the rehabilitation process, the dolphin is coached by a specially compiled didactic programme. Allelomimetrical behaviour (imitation) is unique to the dolphins.

The being together with the dolphins is productive only when it is controlled by the doctor; the therapist fulfils together with the child and dolphin an array of exercises which are intended for better development and provides the child with new skills to bring the psycho-motor ability or already available skills of the child to a higher level.

The structure is flexible, i.e. that every child has his degree of illness/disability treated appropriately.

In the dolphin therapy centre Kas the best conditions are present to carry out therapeutic courses, as well as the synergetic effect, psycho-correction and therapeutic measures which enable the therapists to improve the positive dynamism of the psycho-physiological state of the child.



The role of the members of the family   

At the end of the dolphin therapy new information is given to the members of the family for further home applications.The psychological effect and the concurrent induction of positive emotions between child and the members of the family promote other remedial processes.It is often the case that a child suffers a feeling of separation during a stay in a therapy clinic and this makes positive results difficult to obtain. This is not the case at our therapy centre. Not only is the closest member of the family present during therapy but also a further member…… The dolphin is treated as a member of the family.