Our Parent Council is an important point of contact for those seeking help. The Council members are in the same situation and they can empathize with the families. They know their fears, but also the hopes and expectations associated with taking part in a dolphin-assisted therapy.
Their experiences in the therapy centers help other parents come to a decision. We are very happy our Parent Council is so dedicated to the cause. The motto here is: “Parents help parents!”.
Meet some of the parents in our Council. They all are ready to support you with their advice and assistance.
Note: Members are listed in alphabetical order with brief background and contact information.
Florida and CDTC
T: +49 (0) 9081 2721823
M: +49 (0) 151 70540354
It all started when my husband Martin was involved in a traffic accident on 13th July 1997. He broke several bones, and a day later he suffered from fat embolism syndrome and his lungs stopped working. Now, his diagnosis is hypoxic brain damage after an embolism. In March 2001, Dr. Bernius operated my husband’s legs in Munich. When I found out during a conversation that he is a member of dolphin aid’s medical advisory board and that adults can get the therapy as well, I registered Martin. This is how I got in touch with dolphin aid for the first time. Five months later we flew to Florida to attend our first therapy. Martin made great progress and for me, it was like a miracle that Martin regained his lust for life. He wanted to live again and hang on.
This kind of therapy doesn’t only help children, but also adults.
So, it was crystal clear to me that I wanted to represent and support the adults in the parents’ association.
T: +49 (0) 2953 99738
M: +49 (0) 1512 410 54 82
Wir sind Familie Baum, mein Name ist Anja, wir kommen aus der Nähe von Paderborn und bis zu Ihrem 11. Lebensjahr war unsere Tochter Alena ein kerngesundes Kind. Sie bekam durch ein Angiom in ihrem Kopf schwerste Gehirnblutungen und sie musste alles, was ein Mensch eigentlich kann, wieder neu erlernen. Alena hat das Laufen, Sprechen usw. durch normale Therapien wieder erlernen können, aber sie hatte starke Probleme mit ihrem Gedächtnis und der Konzentration. Seitdem wir bei der Delphin Therapie waren, hat sie in genau diesen Bereichen sehr große Fortschritte gemacht und ich kann jeden nur ermutigen, lassen Sie sich auf diese Therapie ein, man kann nur gewinnen. Alena ist unglaublich stark in diesen Bereichen geworden und sie kann mittlerweile lange und ausdauernd laufen, was ihr vorher nicht möglich war. Gerne helfe ich anderen Eltern bei der Entscheidung zu einer Delphin Therapie und freue mich über diese Aufgabe.
T: +49 (0) 2104 976348
I am the mother of a child with autism: Lukas.
With the help of dolphin assisted therapy, Lukas has developed immensely. After our stay in Curaçao he has developed that much, so that he can change the type of school and attend a school for learning disabilities, because his old school can’t offer him enough input any longer.
I’ve talked to many parents on the phone over the last few years and know that the parents struggle with distress, prejudice and fear. Affected parents are welcome to get in touch with me via e-mail. This is a good and fast way to exchange information and possibly pictures.
M: +49 (0) 174 8923642 (ab 18 Uhr)
I am Heike, mom of Saskia, a lovely and in her way very special girl. Since her accident at the age of four, Saskia has a blood clot in her brain. The consequences of this were serious, but thanks to the two dolphin assisted therapies, that opened a tiny door in Saskia’s head, things are getting better. Doctors said that Saskia can’t be treated and that she won’t be able to do this … and that … or that …! Parents of children with special needs don’t have it easy, but keep on fighting for your children – we are the living proof that the so-called Gods wearing White can be wrong, too. As I’m not able to support dolphin aid financially, I would like to be at other families’ sides with words and deeds.
T: +49 (0) 30 8018931
My name is Anette Gutsche-Lindner. I am a physiotherapist and mother of Marie, Julia who acquired cerebral palsy and tetraparesis during birth and Hannes who suffers from a malignant tumour (Neuroblastoma III). When my son fell ill for the first time because of the tumour and went through a five-month-hell of chemotherapy, operations and scary tests, dolphin aid enabled a two-week dolphin assisted therapy for us in Florida. Both for Hannes and for Julia. Thanks to the positive impressions, my son regained his lust for life, my handicapped daughter easily made great progress in her physical perception. My older daughter, who was suffering a lot from my permanent absence and the constant fear surrounding her brother, found her way back to being a child again, and I slowly and gradually learned to let go of my children a bit as the team of DHT took over some of the responsibility to look after them. Since this time, I have grown very fond of the dolphin aid staff and have highest respect for their tireless efforts, especially those of Kiki Kuhnert. Never in my life have I experienced so much helpfulness before. I wish to give energy and hope to as many parents as possible with my own experience. This is the reason I joined the parents’ association.
T: 49 (0) 173 689 99 90 (ab 19 Uhr)
My daughter Karolina is a special child. I accompany her during her development which has, from our point of view, become more constructive, successful and special with the help of dolphin assisted therapy. I would like to give all families the courage and energy to make this beautiful experience of dolphin assisted therapy.