The concept that makes a difference
Who we are
The leading dolphin assisted therapy center in the world, founded in 2004 and located on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao. We employ a group of caring specially trained and qualified professionals, including psychologists, physical, speech and occupational therapists.
And, of course, four bottlenose dolphins who perform exclusively in our program.
Who visits us
We welcome around 400 patients and their families from around the world each year. We treat people of 3 years and older with special needs like Autism, Asperger and Down Syndrome, or psychological conditions like depression, PTSD and burnout.
What we do
Since 2004, we have been providing personalized dolphin assisted therapy and rehabilitation programs. We offer our two-week programs in four languages: English, Dutch, German and Spanish. The care for parents and siblings and family as a whole is an essential part of our therapy concept. CDTC continuously seeks to implement therapy forms that provide added value to its line of competences, such as the Brucker biofeedback method.
Why it works
Connecting and interacting with dolphins stimulates and rewards patients to make progress. A dolphin can capture your attention, set you at ease and offers unique ways to motivate you. After a two-week program, our patients show significant improvements that had seemed impossible while at home.
The CDTC difference
Our concept facilitates a difference in people’s lives. Special-needs children improve their physical, verbal and social skills and gain self-confidence. People with trauma recover and those with burnout relax and reorganize. This is not a miracle, but the result of a tailor-made treatment provided by a professional and multidisciplinary team of therapists and specially selected dolphins in a natural environment.