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One of the paramount reasons for the success at the Curaçao Dolphin Therapy Centre is the natural surroundings given to the dolphins. For this reason animal protection is a high priority for CDTC. For only healthy and happy dolphins “work” of their own free will with the children and help these children to get better.

Dolphin Assisted Therapy at CDTC is a rehabilitation method that enables children with special needs to find, together with the dolphin, a new direction towards success.

This extraordinary kind of therapy was developed more than 25 years ago by the American psychologist Dr. David E. Nathanson, President of Dolphin Human Therapy. He conducted his first study about Dolphin Human Therapy in 1978.

CDTC offers a personalized two-week program and offers the convenience to stay at a partner hotel, designed for the needs of special guests and located just steps away. The treatments at CDTC starts with patients of 3 years and older with special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, as well as people with psychological conditions like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the interaction with dolphins plays an essential role.

Accompanied by a skilled trainer/therapist, the child works on a swimming dock and in the water, according to a schedule, with at least one dolphin who is instinctively and playfully able to realize the child’s deficiency. In this way, the child loses shyness towards the beautiful mammals and with their assistance, the child senses sharpen and soon, he or she starts to reestablish contact to their surroundings. These positive impulses lead to an amazing progress in the children’s development that has endless positive consequences. To know more about this program visit: