Written by : Janinas
Janina’s Dolphin Therapy in Antalya turkey from 29.09. – 13.10.2008
My name is Janina and I am 11 years old. Because of my spasticity and weak muscles I visited the dolphins in Antalya from 29.09. to 13.10. 2008. On Tuesday, one day after we arrived at the Hotel Mares, we began the therapy starting with an introduction to the therapists. My Dad and I had to answer questions concerning my disability. Having recorded all the information they prepared a course of therapies based on my disability.
In the mornings dolphin therapy and in the afternoons speech or physio therapy. On Wednesday morning I had my first therapy session. My dolphin was called Daisy. At first I was anxious about his size but Barbara, my therapist, quickly calmed my fears. She showed me Daisy from the edge of the pool. Daisy did some acrobatics and then came up onto the platform. Here I was allowed to touch Daisy for the first time and throw rings or kick balls into the water. Daisy brought them back every time. At first the throwing and kicking was difficult but that improved with each time. At last I could enter the water with Daisy, touch her and let her pull or push me. Barbara helped me with that of course.
At the end of each session Daisy gave me a kiss and I could stroke her on the platform. At first that wasn’t easy either. We didn’t have much time until the afternoon session.
After a shower, a change of clothes and lunch it was time for Speech therapy with Annett or Physiotherapy with Claudia. With both of them it was pretty strenuous. But it was always also a lot of fun.
My Dad said they were specialists. Annett and I at work Afterwards there was time for a rest. I liked the Hotel. I especially liked the food and the kid’s disco was great. During the fortnight we had 2 days off which we spent enjoying ourselves in Antalya.
My Dad said that I have gained a lot more courage through the therapy. I was swimming in the deep sea with only water wings. He did say, though, that I paddle like a dog, but at least I was moving forwards. When I couldn’t swim any more I imitated the ”dead man”. It was a shame that the two weeks went by so quickly.
It was very strenuous for me but at the same time it was a lot of fun. Everyone I know are of the opinion that I am a lot more daring than before. Also I can open my hand much more easily and my posture has greatly improved. Finally I would like to thank everyone who helped my Dad to make this therapy possible. Perhaps I will be able to visit Daisy again.
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