How to prepare your child for Dolphin
Conditions for the passage of the Dolphin is so radically different from the usual household that any person (especially a child) at the first class, is in a state of some confusion from the flood of impressions and feelings. In this regard, the parents of the children before the course of the Dolphin therapy we highly recommend to prepare well, to adaptation of the child and the therapy went most smoothly and efficiently.
So, what you need to do about it?
First, it is necessary to collect available information about Dolphin therapy from all available sources: the Internet, literature and consultations with experts in the Dolphin center. The main task is to find out whether Dolphin therapy as a method of rehabilitation and therapy to your child.
Secondly, if you have already decided that you are ready with the baby Dolphin therapy courses, you need to prepare for this event. Conventionally, the preparation can be divided into several parts:
1) preparation for contact with water;
2) preparation for contact with the dolphins.
Let's start with the first point. And here I want to highlight a few of the parameters is, primarily, temperature and depth. These two factors often provoke unnecessary trouble child, accustomed to bathing at home in the bath with water temperature of 35-40 degrees.
As for the temperature in the pools or water areas where the dolphins live, it rarely rises above 26 degrees, usually it is 23-26 degrees. Therefore, we strongly suggest you to teach a child to cooler water, gradually reducing the temperature while bathing daily in the bath or home pool.
Now a few words about the depth. Dolphins usually inhabit deep waters (5-7 meters). So second, what will face your child, plunged into the water, – is the absence of support under the feet, to which children usually are not ready. The easiest way to teach a child freely and to feel in deep water is to drive him to classes at the pool, swimming together in open water during summer (sea, river, lake).
We now turn to the second point – preparation for contact with the dolphins. We adults are accustomed to thinking of dolphins as kind, always smiling animals, and friendly minded to human and by default we believe that our child perceives them as well. However, it is not so! Dolphin in the eyes of a child is a huge fish suddenly jumping out of the water, with a tremendous mouth full of teeth. Contact the Dolphin (his attempts to turn to the child and play) is perceived as a desire to bite. It is therefore natural that 90% of kids belong to this beautiful and cute animals with care, and some of them are simply afraid. In this regard, we recommend that before Dolphin watching cartoons, stories, films, video clips about dolphins. Tell me about these animals, their nature, the friendliness. Especially focus the child's attention on fragments of other people stroke them, kiss, smile, swim and play together. Goal is to form a child setting expectations of a miracle and a joyful reunion with the dolphins.
ATTENTION! If you do not, then the result will be the cry and tears of your child during the first classes of the course of Dolphin therapy.
And the last to classes of the Dolphin went smoothly, your child must be able to interact with an unfamiliar person, a psychologist-Dolphin-assisted therapist, without excessive anxiety and fear to break away from mom or dad. However, this problem concerns not only the child but the entire family as a whole, and its roots (of problems) are related to the nature of parenting. So if you feel that your child is overly attached to you (and you to it, respectively) that does not give him space to develop, you can seek the assistance of a child or family psychologist.
In our experience, the implementation of these simple recommendations can significantly reduce the stress level during training and thus increase the amount of joy and happy moments. And besides, saves you the time of your Dolphin-assisted therapist spends on the adaptation of the child (which is practically 2-3 classes, and in some cases longer), along which they could devote to communicating with dolphins.