Dolphin Therapy

The use of dolphins as pets, which allegedly increases communication in children with mental retardation, Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and other disorders
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The Best Western chain revealed yesterday the under-fire hotel in Armenia has now ended its links to the dolphin therapy centre.
A DUDLEY teenager destined for Oxbridge, who suffered a life-changing brain haemorrhage just months after her GCSEs, has flown to Florida for special dolphin therapy thanks to the help of a local charity.
Another more elaborate undertaking, the Dolphin Dome, provides artificial dolphin therapy through audiovisual media and tactile interactions in an innovative and unique play den enclosure.
Today, people recast these superstitions in the context of medicine and science for a patina of credibility, allowing dolphin therapy to move easily from alternative medicine circles to the mainstream as a profitable worldwide commercial industry.
They even managed to take time out from running their cafe on Glasgow's south side to raise more than pounds 45,000 to take one of their adopted children, 20-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Jamie, to Florida for dolphin therapy.
They cover the gamut from applied behavioral analysis to dolphin therapy, from speech therapy to cod liver oil, and from conventional medications to prayer.
Their exact numbers are unknown - botos' habitats extend from Brazil into Peru, inclusive of the Amazon and Rio Negro rivers and their many tributaries - but the effect of their ultrasound and sonar capabilities on man is so profound that people like Igor Simoes, a physiotherapist who founded the Dolphin Therapy Centre on the Rio Ariau in 2005, have started to take note.
The Dolphinarium, home to three dolphins and four seals, offers a water circus show, Dolphin therapy, Dolphin sighting excursions, and educational lectures.
More than 400 children with a physical and/or mental challenge visit the Curacao Dolphin Therapy and Research Center (CDTC) for dolphin-assisted therapy every year.
The therapeutic effects of dolphin therapy may arise from their aesthetic value, exposure to their echolocation vocalizations, or the emotions raised by interacting with the bottle-nosed creature.
THE parents of a four-year-old boy who has only ever uttered six words in his life and cannot walk were today pinning their hopes on dolphin therapy to help him overcome a mystery illness that has baffled doctors.