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.
Cozumel children participate in 5 day dolphin therapy - February 2016
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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 meets Amizcle!
Marianna 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.
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.
Stay tuned for reports from our participants!
Kate receiving a double dose of sonar!
Kate and Adriana getting to know Linco
Phia riding Linco with her big brother Zander. After every sonar session she wanted a ride with her brother, protector and best friend.
Phia and her family thanking Linco with a belly rub.
Phia with her dad, Mike and Linco - just hanging out in the water together.
Testimonial from Kate, who with her 7 year old daughter experienced our program in May of 2021:
"I had an epic experience with Macy this summer! Wow, I don’t even know where to start!!!
I have experienced many traumas as a child and adult, including the death of my mom when I was young, abusive relationships and immigrating from Russia to the US.
After the birth of my daughter 7 years ago, I felt I was failing as a mom and career woman. I was clinically depressed for several years and that led to me having a nervous breakdown last summer.
I went to a mental hospital for two months because I knew I needed help. I felt hopeless. With a lot of help and hard work I addressed deep pain that had been with me since childhood. I was able to believe in myself and live life and be there for my daughter.
I was in touch with Macy two years ago, called her again and set up dolphin therapy for May. That was to become the second most amazing experience in my life after giving birth to my daughter.
It’s indescribable to express all the feelings I felt in the water with the dolphins!
I have not felt this light, joyful and blissful in my life!!! I have always had anxiety and “busy brain” and when I was with the dolphins I was so present in the moment and smiling just because the dolphins make you feel that way!!! It’s really amazing. I fell in love with a dolphin named Linco—he was so special and I want to go see him again.
I have to add what made the trip so wonderful was Macy’s company. She is such an amazing person to talk with about life and beautiful energy to be around!"
Phia and her family also participated in our 2021 program!