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Dolphin therapy is indicated in the treatment of many childhood disorders, like Autism, Down Syndrome or even in children with cerebral palsy. Its benefits are innumerable. Among others, the reduction of stress, tension and fear in children or the improvement of the nervous system thanks to the ultrasonic waves that these animals emit.
Dolphin therapy in children consists of train one or more dolphins and use them as an aid in therapeutic programs together with the dolphin keepers and always directed by health or education specialists.
Therapeutic work with dolphins can be carried out at many ages, the most common being from 2 to 50 years. It should be borne in mind that this type of therapy has nothing to do with bathing with dolphins as a commercial tourist package offered by many companies in our country and around the world, this type of work with these fun and intelligent animals goes much more there.
Usually with dolphin therapies it is an aquatic therapy that can be worked with children with disabilities since it is an environment that stimulates, motivates them and they tend to develop an affinity with dolphins very quickly, as happens in other types of animal therapies such as canine therapy (therapies with dogs) or equine therapy (therapies with horses).
This type of therapy is usually aimed at children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Down Syndrome and also in boys and girls with Autism. With dolphin therapies it is understood that a multitude of benefits can be achieved such as promoting communication and verbal language, improving attention, promoting social interaction, correcting behavior problems, better self-control, improving muscle tone, stimulating cognitive capacity and a long etc. Although it should be known that the objectives to be achieved in each child will depend on each child and their individual characteristics, since they cannot be generalized in a therapy since each person will need different things.
The therapies are usually baths of between 15 and 30 minutes and children will always have to be accompanied by specialists. Dolphins have been shown to have great sensitivity suitable for children with disabilities and its ultrasonic waves help children to have a better connection between neurons and also encourage the proper functioning of the cerebral hemispheres. In addition, and if that were not enough, they help to achieve good physical, emotional and cognitive results.
Although this practice seems fun and very suitable for children with disabilities, it is not without controversy by animal advocates since they think it is putting dolphins at unnecessary risk although there are precautions. They defend that the animals can be injured by the jewelry or the nails of the participants as well as they could receive blows by those patients who have self-control problems, something that the animal does not deserve. In addition, the defenders of the rights of dolphins defend other injustices such as that they are captured from their natural environment of life, many are injured and some die in the process.
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