World’s First Animatronic Animal Therapy Program Set to Open
Animal-assisted & Creative Therapies to help children with special needs
The new iACT Center is a revamped and improved version of the well-known Dolphin Human Therapy (DHT) program, which, during its 12 years of operation, used live dolphins to provide therapy to more than 4,000 children and adults with special needs from 60 countries. The 9 acre facility on Florida’s Gulf Coast will also feature a sensory trail, miniature horses, therapy dogs, art, music and parent training.
iACT will employ a Therapeutic Animatronic Dolphin (TAD) to mimic the reinforcing effects of a live dolphin’s interaction with patients.
TAD was built by special effects artists Animal Makers, who have developed life-like animals for films that include
“I believe this is the first therapy program in the world to use an animatronic animal to produce measurable improvements in special needs children and adults with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other diagnoses,” Dr. Nathanson said.
Dr. Nathanson’s research has demonstrated that TAD is as effective as live dolphin-assisted therapy when used as a reward in therapy, increasing attention and motivation and providing a safer, more controlled environment with which to engage in therapy.
“Although my daughter had been in therapy twice before with real dolphins, she responded in a way to TAD that we could have never dreamed possible,” said
For more information on the ACT Center, visit www.iactcenter.com
To see video of animatronic animal-assisted therapy, visit the following link:
About the iACT Center
Animal-assisted & Creative Therapies (iACT) is a private company providing individualized therapy and rehabilitation for special needs children and adults. ACT is the advanced and improved program developed by Dr.
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