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Autism and Dolphins

It was ecstatic moments with an autistic boy, fins rising around us, which fully opened a new door for me. I wanted a miracle. A teacher of children with autism introduced me to a six-year-old pre-verbal boy. He seemed nearly impossible to work with, often yelling loudly in protest and was difficult for me to understand. His mom had never heard him say a clear word and his teacher had once heard him say “turn on” in reference to the TV in the classroom. Otherwise, sessions to elicit speech were not going well. I brought swim masks to class one......

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Dolphin Communication and Feeling Understood

Empathy from others and feeling understood have been shown to be essential to positive human growth and development throughout life, as infants, children, and adults. Empathy for others is an asset in personal and work relationships. Recognizing the importance of and finding ways to nurture empathy gained academic attention as recently as the 1980’s. How to teach and learn this communication skill has much to offer society but still puzzles investigators. During 25 years of dolphin communication studies, I found that dolphins encourage and support empathy in humans. Dolphin contact is often reported in the same terms as Feeling Understood.......

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How to Draw Dolphins (Part 2)

How to Draw Dolphins – Facts About Dolphins and Their BehaviorThe flexible dolphin easily bends to the side, but their neck is an extension of the rest of the spine, and the head doesn’t have independent mobility. If you float directly above a rising dolphin, the dolphin turns slightly sideways to see you. Pectoral fins tilt to steer and balance the dolphin and spread out flat to reach for other dolphins on either side. Dolphins appear quite similar to one another until you look closely at scars on the skin and nicks on the fins. Patterns in their bands of......

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How to Draw Dolphins (Part 1)

How to Draw Dolphins – Facts About Dolphins and Their BehaviorHow do you draw dolphins so it seems as though you are swimming beside them observing their lives? The lives of dolphins in the wild have different perspectives than the lives of Bottlenose dolphins under human care. Although a very popular postcard picture, generally only captive dolphins bring their heads out of the water with their mouths open, and make noises in air. These dolphins are begging for fish or otherwise communicating with their human handlers. Wild dolphins acclimated to being given fish from boats may lift their head with......

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The Euphoria of a Wild Dolphin Encounter

We long to repeat moments with dolphins. There are encounters so intimate, revealing, touching and exquisite, but all we can do is relive them in memory. Dolphin memories haunt otherwise mundane lives. Dolphin memories remain fresh and perpetuate a desire for more. We want more! Greedy for more of the best and more from even the best. Just a hair’s breath closer and she would’ve crushed me! Just a daring, soft move and she would’ve been embraced in my arms. A little longer moment, a slip through the crack of the cosmic egg, and we would have known each other......

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