Dolphins, Therapy & Autism

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Michael T. Hyson & Paradise (Star) Newland ~ Dolphins, Therapy & Autism ~ December 3, 2003

              1. Dolphins, Therapy & Autism

Michael T. Hyson, Ph.D.
Research Director, Sirius Institute

Paradise (Star) Newland
Founding Partner, Sirius Institute

              1. Acknowledgements

I acknowledge all who led me to this knowledge and experience. To Star Newland, friend, colleague, founder of the Sirius Institute, for her inspiration, knowledge, encouragement, and collaboration at all levels; for her language sculpting to make these words sing. To all the dolphins who taught me to pay attention, offered so much and been my friends, especially Pete, Mitzi, Hugo, Liberty, Florida and Dreamer. To my Mom & Dad who encouraged my adventures; to John Lilly who inspired much of my life; to my mentors – Thorne Shipley, Hank Truby, Howard Teas, Derek Fender, Buzz Lange and many others; to Tiger and the rest of our extended pod; to Dr. Stephen Birch whose work is so well done I wish I had written it; Len Horowitz for inviting me to write this as a book chapter and Andrew Lehman for graciously supporting the research & writing and to many others too numerous to list… Mahalo nui loa!

Michael Hyson, Sep. 23, 2008

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                ~ Dedicated to Dreamer Dolphin ~


I have met with a story, which, although authenticated by reliable evidence, looks very like a fable...- Pliny the Younger (A.D. 62?–c. A.D. 113)

Dolphins may well be carrying information as well as functions critical to the regeneration of life upon our planet. - Buckminster Fuller

Dolphins have new understandings that seem to lie just beyond our present knowledge. There may be a common thread of consciousness between man and dolphin. - Joan McIntyre

The largest brains on this planet are in the ocean.  Communication with the Whales and the Dolphins is the greatest achievement the human race can aspire to.”  - John C. Lilly, M.D.

Most of us are aware of dolphins as loveable, playful animals that appear in oceanarium shows, on television and in movies. They are subjects of naval and other research to find out how they use sound to communicate, navigate in their environment, use Sonar and stun fish.1 They are among the most intelligent of all creatures. Throughout history the dolphins have helped people, taking children to school in ancient Greece, fishing with us, guiding ships, saving people from drowning, and recently, escorting Elian Gonzales when he was at sea on an inner-tube drifting from Cuba to the United States.

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