About our Therapy Programs

 

Every day at Island Dolphin Care trained and licensed therapists assist participants and their families with a variety of health and disabling conditions. Individualized programs are provided both in the warm ocean waters with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, and on land in our therapy rooms.

The facility is fully accessible making it easy and inviting to explore the aquariums, and  exhibits. Island Dolphin Care is a special place that is designed for EVERYONE. It is a place of possibility that provides laughter , and hope all while igniting a spark of courage…… an experience most people dream about.

Therapists utilize proven therapeutic methods and the newest assisted technologies  designed to assist with sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, language, communication, self-esteem and organizational skills. When combined with the joyful experience of being with dolphins participants find a dose of motivation, and new tools that help them reach their greatest potential. Additionally, the therapeutic principles, theoretical framework are based on:

  1. Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl (holocaust survivor and psychiatrist), shares the premise that if one can find meaning in their tragedy/trauma then life becomes fulfilling – the tragedy acceptance serves a purpose.
  2. Reality Therapy, by William Glasser (psychiatrist), affirms that humans need to have fun; and experience joy and acceptance. When this occurs the doors of perception open, guards are let down, and the opportunity to learn new task and face one’s obstacles become less daunting.
  3. Positive Psychology, by Martin Seligman (psychologist), which is a practice that focuses on strengths, complementing the problem-focused psychology. It states that positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement are elements that contribute to well-being.

In a world where most feel invincible, everyday someone awakes with a devastating reality. These are the people that join in our programs. At Island Dolphin Care our goal is to remind them that anything is possible, while reigniting a spark of courage for those whose laughter and hope have been challenged or lost.

 

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