Dolphin-assisted Therapy:

Research

STUDIES PROVE EFFICACY

Intensive animal-assisted therapy with dolphins does not perform miracles. It will not heal patients. However, studies show positive effects with dolphin-assisted therapy. A 2012 study at Munich University was able to demonstrate significant improvements in intelligence, concentration, motor skills, prosocial behavior and other abilities.
In the scope of this study, 157 children diagnosed with autism, trisomy 21, mental retardation and infantile cerebral paresis (ICP) were examined. 103 participated in the two-week multidisciplinary therapy program at the Curacao Dolphin Therapy Center (CDTC). The children, at the time, were between four and fifteen years old. Data were collected at three different points during the study: directly prior to therapy, after therapy and half a year later. Prior to the actual study, a pre-examination was performed. This study group was compared to children not participating in the intensive therapy program (control group 1: autism, trisomy 21, mental retardation) or children participating in an intensive therapy program at Schön Klinik München-Harlaching (Control Group 2: ICP).

RETURN TO LIFE

In general, studies show that children and adults with special needs who work with the dolphins will learn four times faster and with increased intensity. They become more alert, attentive and awaken from their isolation and apathy. For family and patients having undergone conventional therapies unsuccessfully, these are invaluable results.

A number of studies and publications on intensive dolphin-assisted therapy are available.

study:

Evaluation der Wirksamkeit der delfingestützten Therapie.
by Nicole Lämmermann

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More publications and studies:

study:

Delphintherapie hilft – Wissenschaftliche Befunde
Der Beweis – Daten aus Eilat und Florida

by Nicole Kohn and Prof. Dr. Rolf Oerter

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publication:

Delphintherapie – Emotion und Wissenschaft
by Kirsten Kuhnert

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publication:

Warum hilft Delphintherpapie bei traumatisierten Kindern/Erwachsenen?
by Stefanie von Fallois

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study:

Dolphin Assisted Therapy Works:
Scientific Findings from Eilat and Florida

by Nicole Kohn and Prof. Dr. Rolf Oerter

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publication:

“Raus aus dem Rollstuhl”
Biofeedback-Therapie liefert faszinierende Ergebnisse
Traumatherapie/Opferhilfe

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study:

Zusammenfassung Doktorarbeit: Warum Delphintherapie wirkt
by Zita Stenczel

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publication:

Delphintherapie im Kontext der Behandlung von Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Entwicklungsstörungen
by Prof. Dr. Rolf Oerter

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publication:

Stellungnahme zur Wirkung der Delphintherapie bei traumatisierten Opfern als Vorwort zu dem nachfolgenden Statement der Psychologin Stefanie von Fallois
by Prof. Dr. Rolf Oerter

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publication:

Sozialgericht verurteilt Krankenkasse zur Kostenerstattung
im Adeli-Zentrum, Slowakei

Lesen Sie dieses wichtige Urteil hier:

Urteil Kostenerstattung Krankenkasse

Please refer to this list
for further publications and studies.

Range of indications for the therapy

Intensive dolphin-assisted therapy can be applied to a variety of conditions and special needs. “delphine therapieren menschen” has decades of experience with the applications and results of this therapy.

In dolphin-assisted therapy, the dolphin has a motivating effect and promotes attention. This makes patient participation easier. Experience shows that this is helpful in the treatment of various diseases and impairments. Corresponding scientific results are already available for some target groups. For example, several studies confirm positive effects on the communication skills and social behavior of children with different impairments (e.g. physical disabilities, autism, Down’s syndrome). There is also initial evidence of improvements in cognitive and motor development for the same target group. Individual studies also confirm positive effects for adults with depression. Apparently, the use of a dolphin can effectively support the achievement of a wide variety of therapy goals that are defined by the therapist.

RANGE OF INDICATIONS FOR THE THERAPY

Intensive dolphin-assisted therapy can be applied to a variety of conditions and special needs. “delphine therapieren menschen” has decades of experience with the applications and results of this therapy.

A

  • Achondroplasie
  • Agenesie des corpus callosum
  • Angelmann-Syndrom
  • Anoxie
  • Aphasie
  • Apallisches Syndrom
  • Apraxie
  • Arthritis
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Asperger-Syndrom
  • Asthma
  • Ataxie
  • ATR-X Syndrom
  • Auditive Verarbeitungsstörung
  • Aufmerksamkeits-Defizit-Syndrom
  • Autismus

B

  • Bakterielle Meningitis
  • Blindheit

C

  • Cerebrale Atrophie
  • Cerebrale Diplegie
  • Cerebrale Hyperplasie
  • Cerebrale Parese
  • Chromosomenring
  • Coffin-siris-Syndrom
  • Cornelia de Lange-Syndrom
  • Corpus Callosum Aplasie
  • Costello-Syndrom
  • Cri du chat
  • Cystische Fibrose
  • Cytomegalie

D

  • Dandy-Walkers Syndrom
  • Degenerative Muskelerkrankung
  • Depression
  • Digeorge-Syndrom
  • Down-Syndrom
  • Denys-Drash-Syndrom
  • Dubowitz-Syndrom
  • Duchennes Muskeldystrophie
  • Dysarthrie
  • Dysphasie
  • Dyspraxie
  • Dystonie

E

  • Elektiver Mutismus
  • Encephalitis
  • Encephalopathie
  • Entwicklungsverzögerung
  • Epilepsie
  • Ewing Sarkom

F

  • Fragiles X-Syndrom
  • Friedreichsche Ataxie

G

  • Gehirntumor
  • Glasknochen-Krankheit

H

  • Hämangiom
  • Hemiplegie
  • Herzfehler
  • Holoprosenzephalie
  • Hörproblem
  • Hurler-Syndrom
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypotonie
  • Hypoxämie (Beinahe-Ertrinken)
  • Hypoxie

I

  • Impfschaden

J

  • Joubert-Syndrom
  • Juvenile-Encephalitis

K

  • Kabuki-Syndrom
  • Krebs

L

  • Landau-Kleffner-Syndrom
  • Leigh-Syndrom
  • Lennox-Gastaut-Syndrom
  • Leukämie
  • Leukodystrophie
  • Lissencephalie
  • Lou-Gehrigs-Syndrom
  • Louis-Bar-Syndrom
  • Lupus

M

  • Manische Depression
  • Marshall-Smith-Syndrom
  • Meningitis
  • Mentale Retardierung
  • Mitochondriale Myopathie
  • Moebius-Syndrom
  • Monosomie
  • Morbus Canavan (od. metachromatische Leukodystrophie)
  • Morbus Hodgkin
  • Mosaik-Trisomie 13
  • Multiple Sklerose
  • Multiple Systemstörung
  • Muskuläre Atrophie
  • Muskuläre Dystrophie
  • Myalgische Encephalitis
  • Myatonische Dystrophie

N

  • Neurofibromatose
  • Neuromotorische
  • Funktionsstörungen
  • Neuronaler Migrations Defekt
  • Noonan-Syndrom

O

  • Optische Atrophie
  • Organisches Hirnsyndrom

P

  • Periventrikuläre Leukomalazie
  • Pierre-Robin-Syndrom
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Prader-Willi-Syndrom
  • Proteus-Syndrom

R

  • Rett-Syndrom
  • Reye-Syndrom
  • Rubinstein-Taybi-Syndrom

S

  • Sotos-Syndrom
  • Sauerstoffmangel-Syndrom
  • Schädel-Hirn-Trauma
  • Schlaganfall
  • Schütteltrauma
  • Sensorische Integrationsstörung
  • Sklerodermie
  • Smith-Lemli-Opitz-Syndrom
  • Smith-Magenis-Syndrom
  • Spastische Diplegie
  • Spastische Spinalparalyse
  • Spastische Quadriplegie
  • Spina bifida
  • Spinale Muskelatrophie
  • Sprachstörung
  • Sprachverzögerung

T

  • Taktile Abwehr
  • Tetraparese
  • Tourette-Syndrom
  • Traumata
  • Triplegie
  • Trisomie 5
  • Trisomie 6
  • Trisomie 8
  • Trisomie 9
  • Trisomie 13
  • Trisomie 15
  • Trisomie 18
  • Trisomie 22
  • Tuberöse Sklerose

V

  • Ventrikuläre Hypertrophie
  • Verhaltensstörung

W

  • Wachkoma
  • Wolff-Syndrom
  • Worster-Drought-Syndrom

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