Animal therapy is an established treatment in modern medicine. The positive impact of animals on humans is widely accepted.
Dolphin assisted therapies have the same effects. Contact with dolphins may not cure ailments but it can help alleviate some symptoms. Dolphin assisted therapy works similar to that of sound therapy.
EEG tests confirmed that dolphins’ signal frequencies can have a profound effect on the human brain.
Dolphin assisted therapy is worthy of our esteem. Humans assisted by dolphins provide therapy for thousands of individuals around the world. These dolphins, as well as their human handlers deserve our esteem.
Besides dolphins there are many different other animal-assisted interventions. Many of them are known to be helpful for individuals with autism.
Animal-assisted Interventions for Individuals with Autism
- Author: Merope Pavlides
- Foreword by Temple Grandin
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (April 15, 2008)
- Paperback, also available as ebook
- 208 pages
This book looks at how therapies involving animals can be used to help individuals with autism to develop skills, including sensory and social skills, to manage challenging behaviours, and improve quality of life. Whether participating in therapeutic horseback riding, utilizing a trained service dog, visiting a dolphin therapy center, or simply experiencing companion animal therapy, people with autism can reap a multitude of benefits from interaction with furry, feathered, and finned friends. Merope Pavlides relates the success stories of different animal-assisted interventions, as well as noting the challenges of working with particular animal species. She also emphasizes the importance of tailoring interventions to the specific needs of the individual and of monitoring progress. With recommendations for resources and further reading, this book will be of great interest to people with autism, their parents, and the professionals who work with them.
It is an outstanding reference and a very interesting, easy read. I would highly recommend it for families, teachers and anyone interested in getting a better understanding of the autism spectrum. I am only one-quarter of the way through the book but learn something new with each page I read.
This is is very interesting book, its very easy to read and keeps you interested in the topic. The first-hand experience from the author is very insightful. I would recommend this book for professionals who are interested in animal assisted therapy, as well as for families with autistic children.
Excellent book, giving research-based information in an easy-to-read and -understand format. Highly practical in every chapter. Pet chapter gives info ANY pet owner should have.