These beautiful children are from the special needs school in Cozumel. Living from the Heart donated 3 dolphin therapy sessions to 5 of these children, thanks to the generosity of Kate and Bill Dussault, Larry and Jeannine Perrier, and Macy Jozsef. The joy on the faces of these children and their families is priceless.
The effect felt by the volunteers that joined us for this dolphin therapy program were no less powerful.
In their own words, speaking of a young girl with autism that is blind and deaf: "I was scared to death to take her into my arms, in the water to experience the dolphin sonar therapy. However, the fear immediately disappeared when she quickly felt my arms and body were wrapped around her keeping her safe. She immediately connected with the dolphin and you could tell she felt safe. A huge smile came over her, then she burst out laughing, this laugh was so loud and so pure- it was joy, it was passion, it was love, and it was freedom.
Look at that smile on the image below!
Cozumel children participate in 5 day dolphin therapy - February 2016
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~ Karl Barth~
Little Franco travels from Poland to Cozumel for dolphin therapy - April 2016
3-1/2 year old Franco traveled 14 hours on a plane from Poland to meet our dolphin friends in Cozumel for the first time in April 2014. Of course, he was with his Mom and Dad, Agnieska and Andrew –truly some of the most devoted parents we've ever met.
At that time, Franco had a language of his own –that no one understood. It wasn’t Polish or English. His parents were very concerned that he hadn’t spoken words, and that was the main reason that they brought him to us for dolphin therapy.
He did 10 sessions in 2014 and after his 8th dolphin therapy session, said "mama and papa". After that, his speech steadily improved. Franco speaking for the first time is beyond amazingly wonderful.
In April 2016 Franco and his family again traveled from Poland. During the last of his 7 sessions, he did a ride by himself on his favorite dolphin friend, Linco. His family continued their vacation in Mexico. Franco joined other children on stage for singing and dancing. His parents were pleased and surprised at Franco's outgoing behavior.
Sidney returns to Cozumel for Dolphin therapy 9 years after her first encounter with dolphins! - March 2016
Sidney did our dolphin therapy program in 2007, when she was 10. Her autism manifests as extreme auditory sensitivity. This auditory sensitivity was not an issue for Sidney for 3 years after her first dolphin therapy sonar program.
Sidney returned for dolphin therapy in March 2016 and completed a second round of sonar sessions. Her mom reports that Sidney is much calmer, more willing to take on new challenges with minimal anxiety. Her language is more articulate, clearer and more purposeful.
To learn more about the effects of direct sonar therapy on the nervous system, and its relationship to the immune, endocrine system visit our dolphin therapy benefits page.
Adam joined us in June for 10 dolphin therapy sessions. His mom reports that he is much calmer and communicates much more clearly. He is wearing "big boy pants" and going to the bathroom on his own, a very BIG positive change.
Adam travels from Virginia to Cozumel for 10 dolphin therapy sessions. June 2016.
Marianna lives lives in Cozumel and attends the special needs school. She is blind and deaf and is non-verbal. Shown below is Marianna getting to know Amizcle the only way she can --by touching him.
Cozumel's own Marianna meets Amizcle!
Nikki visits Cozumel! - June 2019
Nikki is a 50 year old woman with multiple auto-immune diseases. She joined us in June, 2019 for 5 dolphin therapy sessions.
Marianna riding Amizcle by herself as her teacher, Ulisses watches in awe.
Unique opportunity to have an encounter with Humpback whales and dolphins in the wild...
Recent program participants - as of September 2019
Stay tuned for reports from our participants!