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ERIC Number: EJ810569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Assistive Technology and Dolphin Therapy: A Wonderful Combination
Smith, Eli; Thomasson, Gretchen
Exceptional Parent, v38 n9 p64-66 Sep 2008
Madison is a four-year-old child who was born with cerebral palsy and cortical vision impairment. As a result, she has limited use of her extremities and is just starting to walk with assistance. She is predominately non-verbal, with the exception of a few words. This article describes how Island Dolphin Care (IDC), a nonprofit agency in Key Largo, Florida, helps children like Madison through interaction with dolphins and use of an assistive device. IDC has a special eye-tracking computer called the MyTobii which allows nonverbal children to communicate with their eyes. The dolphins at IDC are used as a motivational tools that reward children for hard work during their aquatic therapies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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