Trained dolphin therapy improves the lives of disabled children in Cuba
Javier Gonzalez, a 10 years old kid who barely sees and hears because of a cerebral palsy, goes every week to play with the dolphins Coral and Xinana, axes of a therapy that has improved his quality of life.
The magical singing of Xinana and Coral-two females over two meters- welcomes children in the pool at the National Aquarium of Cuba, opening a session where children play, kiss, throw balls and feed the dolphins under the guidance of coaches Yenia Exposito and Adrian Calderon.
"Javier had great difficulty walking when he came here and now he walks, does exercises," Amelia Vera, member of the Environmental Education Team of the Aquarium located on the seafront in Havana, told AFP.
"These therapies have helped him greatly to improve his gross and fine motor skills, learning, language and human relationships," says Vera.
The children have different disabilities, such as autism or Down syndrome, and have come to the Aquarium every Thursday for four years for a free session or therapy with trained dolphins, which lasts 40 minutes.