Written by Katalin Juhasz
Sorry 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.
About 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…
We 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.
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