Dolphin Assisted Therapy Research
What is dolphin assisted therapy research? It is a type of therapy that is allowing people with special needs to exercise while developing a special relationship with a dolphin. This type of therapy is supervised by an Occupational Therapist.
The types of exercises that they do are involving the dolphin. For example, the patient holds its dorsal fin and is being pulled for a ride to practice swimming by moving their legs and is also working on their grip. The patient can also play ball with the dolphin as well as perform a variety of other activities to develop their motor skills.
When using this type of therapy, the individual can also develop a friendly and interactive relationship with the dolphin.
The dolphin assisted therapy research has proven to be beneficial to several individuals with special needs. It can be used with people that are affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder or any other PDD as it will allow the patient to learn how to interact with the dolphin even if the individual is non-verbal, communication is still possible as dolphins are not only receptive but also very intelligent. They can read body language easily and sense emotions such as fear, joy, etc.
This kind of animal therapy can also be used to fill the dream of some sick children and adults through special organizations as the Dream A Wish Foundation or Make A Wish Foundation for children and the Dream Foundation for adults. It fills these people's dream by giving the opportunity of allowing adults and terminally ill children swimming with dolphins.
Unfortunately, the dolphin assisted therapy research is limited in the amount of patients that can be treated, is expensive especially when not covered by health insurance and is not always available near you because of the geographical elements required for this type of treatment.
This picture represents a great example of dolphin assisted therapy. This type of therapy is often used with special needs children such as individuals affected by Autism, etc.