Dolphin Human Therapy’s Founder, Dr. David Nathanson began working with special needs populations many years ago. Beginning in the early 80’s Dr. Dave made some interesting and startling discoveries on how the dolphins are used to motivate children and increase their sensory attention. From this research, he began to study the efficacy of using these powerful re-enforcers to motivate and help the children learn faster.
After researching the topic and conducting studies Dr. Dave began working with special needs populations in the Florida Keys. His popularity grew and demand for the program grew as well. In 1995 Dr. Dave began a full time program located in Key Largo Florida. The program grew by leaps and bounds and quickly become the world largest and most successful animal assisted program worldwide.
In 2006, DHT closed its doors to continue research on the efficacy of using dolphins as a tool for this type of program. Early in 2010 Dr. Dave began coordinating efforts with Dolphin cove, Grand Cayman to bring back the original and very successful, Dolphin Human Therapy.