Karin Schöttner can barely describe what she was allowed to experience with her daughter Elena. “Elli”, what she is called by her family members, is heavily disabled since birth. The 13 year old can’t eat, talk or walk. According to Karin Schöttner, the dolphin therapy from two years ago was a huge success. Now, thanks to the help of her big sister and many donors, the dream of a second dolphin therapy came true.
Our Colin is 12 years old, autistic, suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome and became epileptic after emergency surgery following a severe accident in March 2014. Prescription drugs have not been able to reasonably control his epilepsy.
Against all expectations of his doctors here in Germany, Colin has well tolerated all therapies. His last epileptic attack occurred 10 days prior to our flight to Turkey and – knock on wood – it’s almost like a miracle, he has not had another attack since then !! Read the rest of this entry
Our son Marvin is 11 years old and suffers from a spastic dyskinetic bilateral cerebral paresis.
After his first dolphin therapy last year, many successes were visible. That’s why we decided on a second dolphin therapy this year. Since then, Marvin can reach for things with more accuracy and his hands are now more open than fisted.
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Article by Tips Editorial Office, July 19, 2013, Author: Gertrude Paltinger
Tips Readers make dolphin therapy in Turkey possible for young Liam
Offenhausen. Tips readers responded to Glückstern-Aktion with a donation of 9,820 Euro for 6-year old Liam Weingärtner. Now the severely disabled boy has finished his dolphin therapy – and with much success.
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The Dolphin Therapy for Sophie the end of September/beginning of October 2014 was very enjoyable for all of us. The therapy was successful. Sophie’s body is no longer quite so tense. Her gait pattern is improved, she is able to concentrate better, and also her fine motor skills, for instance when coloring, are vastly improved.
Wake up at 2am on Monday, in the car at 2:30am, in the air at 6am, arrived in Dalaman, Turkey at 8:30am. Then to the Hotel Mares by bus.
Me, Hanni and Leni have our own bedroom. We tried the pool after lunch and went to the Mini Disco after dinner. And then into bed dog-tired.
It has been some time now since we took the dolphin therapy. It was again a very beautiful, interesting and successful, but also an exhausting time. We will gladly return again and again.
This time our main goal was speech and concentration. Barbara intensively practiced speech with Sandra, and she always had to express herself verbally. The result was that our daughter now tries much more to communicate verbally. Also, her vocabulary has increased enormously. Read the rest of this entry
Dolphin Therapy helped Serge: he smiles, concentrates better and is more alert of his environment.
Haltern: I am awaited. The thirteen year old Serge is excited, beaming at me through his thick spectacles. His mother, Dodo Akpaqnonite, wants to explain who the guest is, but Serge remembers my first visit, he knows why I have come, and he laughs into the camera.
”Serge is looser, more relaxed. He could open his hands and hold the dolphin’s fin. And he smiled a lot”. Dodo Akpaqnonite, Serge’s mother.
The severely disabled boy, who once could not move his arms, sat waiting. ”Hi, how are you?” I could even shake his hand. He grinned at me, which meant ”Everything’s OK”. I met Serge and his mother a year ago. She was tired, but she would not be beaten. Serge could neither concentrate nor coordinate his cramped hands. Even though he was strapped into a wheel chair he was always moving. His head shook with every change in mood. Had his wheel chair not been fully padded he would have been covered in bruises. His mother was constantly removing spittle from his chin. Now she needs to remind him to wipe himself, and usually he can. He can even open his hands.
Ten months ago during my visit he was sitting apathetically in his wheel chair. Now, he wants to ‘join in’ the conversation, laughing, humming, hand movements, rolling his eyes or blinking, he follows our conversation.
The mother related that she arrived back from Turkey on Tuesday. He had been in Marmaris for Dolphin Therapy, visiting ‘Flip’, ‘Frosia’ and ‘Jonas’, with his mother Dodo for two weeks. Their stay in Marmaris, said the mother, was very good. Read the rest of this entry