My brother and family have been coming to the therapy program for over twenty years. Each year is just as magical as the first. Words cannot describe the love and energy that you feel as soon as you walk through the doors of IDC. The Island Dolphin Care mission, program, staff, dolphins, and all of the families have a very special place in my heart ❤️ My family and I are forever indebted to IDC.
My son Andrew has been to IDC every year for 8 years and his brother Aiden started joining in 3 years ago. This place means so much to our family and has done so much for our family. The skills that Andrew acquires each year during our time at IDC, the confidence Aiden has gained, and the relationships we have all built with the wonderful staff and the dolphins keep us coming back. It is truly our favorite week of every year and we look forward to seeing what our next experience brings. I highly recommend IDC! The experience will change you and your family for the better!
This amazing facility and the people involved are a true blessing for our family. Our daughter has grown tremendously in speech, fine motor skills, core muscle strength, and most of all happiness! IDC has helped our daughter in ways we could never imagine. We are truly thankful for IDC and the amazing IDC staff, the amount of happiness, hope, and smiles they have given us are priceless!
Our experience was life-changing for our entire family. We are incredibly thankful for the experiences we have had at IDC ❤️ It helped our shy, terminally ill, disabled child develop into a strong confident independent young adult. She will never drive a car, ride a two-wheeled bike or read a book with her eyes - but she graduated high school and is one of only two Nationally Certified Lifeguards who are Visually impaired in Canada. That is directly linked to her visits to Island Dolphin Care
I was an intern many years ago at IDC. Through months I followed the incredible work done by IDC therapists, and saw the importance and the difference it made for many children and their families. The experiences I gained participating in the intern program, I will take with me forever, and much of what I learned, I use in my current work with special education. I will be forever grateful for my time at IDC.
My boys have been swimming at IDC for years. Every year is better then the one before. The staff takes the time to learn about each child and truly love my boys. It’s a little slice of heaven on earth. We can’t wait to see you soon !
Island Dolphin Care is the most magical place on earth!!! This one of a kind therapy program is a must! It's the perfect blend of therapy and fun for the entire family. The pure happiness my child feels here, with her dolphin friends is priceless. They are so accommodating to all special abilities and truly make you feel like family.
A MUST! IDC is absolutely everything their website claims it to be! It’s magical, incredible, special, and the most special place you’ll ever experience. Please consider IDC if you have a child with a disability, if you are a veteran or if you want to support this incredible place that is changing families lives every single day.
IDC is by far my son’s favorite experience in his life. The staff is fun, caring, knowledgeable, and supportive.
As a police officer (from Holland) with ptsd I was looking for a therapy which can give me something extra. I was tired of talking about my illness/problem.
Here I found a family who gave me my smile back after a year without happy feelings.
I hold on now because I know a place on earth where it is possible to feel good 'without' the ptsd. Here I am like evertbody else. The team is professional, respectful and kind to everybody. They love their dolphins also. I felt at home from the beginning and go back soon.
The pictures say more than words ever can! Our experience at IDC was beyond amazing! From the time in the classroom to the time with the dolphins, our experience with the staff, dolphins and program was incredible. I came home saying I’ve never seen Branson more in his element. He was doing things that are normally more difficult for him with a huge smile on his face and was so motivated. He loved giving the dolphins commands and still uses them when playing with dolphin toys at home. It was therapy in form of play and dolphins which he is so passionate about. As a Mom my heart was exploding from the time we walked into IDC and I had tears when we left. There isn’t a week that goes by that Branson doesn’t mention the dolphins and his time there. You know the impact was made when four months later he threw a penny in a fountain and when I asked him what he wished for he said “to see my dolphin friends.” I can’t recommend IDC enough as a place to visit or support through donation!
In March 2019 our daughter Nena was able the best time of her life! She was doing a 7 day dolphin based therapy program at IDC.
Nena has had a kidney transplant 3 years ago, suffers from a muscular dystrophy and several other health problems.
After the time with the wonderful people and of course the dolphins her motorical skills, her speech and her ability to solve every day tasks have improved in an astonishing way!
Her teacher at home could‘t believe her progress.
But not only my daughter had a great time, but for all of our family it was a time of healing and spending time together. To see her laughing deep from her heart made us all very glad.
The team of IDC also was really great with Nenas older brother Samuel! He was treated in a very special way and felt welcome and included all the time.
We will nevet forget this special week and always be grateful for the time at Key Largo.
We certainly try to come back one day with our kids‘
This place is amazing. They work with children with disabilities and our military veterans. They work with kids from the make a wish program. The story of how they got started is truly inspiring. I highly recommend paying a visit to Island Dolphin Care if you ever get the chance. And you can tell the staff really cares, and are passionate about what they do.
I have to commend the team at Island Dolphin Care.
I attended a therapy session with a group of veterans from Operation Outdoor Freedomon Feb. 5, 2019. It was amazing how from the time we arrived until the end of the day, all our needs were met. The time I Spent with Sarah was one of the most tranquil times in my life, and was more than I could have ever expected. Thank You for all you do.
Great team! We felt like home! Best experience, great specialists and just wonderful people! Taylor is a very talented specialist, my son enjoyed therapy there! I absolutely recommend to all my friends and family!!! It’s a great experience, unbelievable memories and fun!!! Dolphins are adorable and very smart! Thank you for all your hard work! It’s has been a pleasure to visit your place!!!
My life is forever changed since working for Island Dolphin Care. The joy I receive from this job is indescribable! Lives are being changed here not only for the child/adult with special needs but for their family as well. My background is clinical-based occupational therapy. I have seen children make more therapeutic progress at Island Dolphin care in 5 days than many children make in months of traditional therapy. In my short 6 months of working here I have experienced a young adult saying hello to her parents for the first time ever using an eye gaze computer, a teenager with ASD learning a fun, efficient way to tie his shoes, some first words and an amazing increase in vocabulary. We provide joy to families with no hope, we provide love to families who may not have a support system, we provide motivation and self-confidence, and lastly we become a second home to all people who enter our facility. I love this place and everyone who enters our doors!
My granddaughter Sophia has epilepsy and is a make a wish kid we were fortunate enough to spend time at dolphin care I cannot say enough about the staff and the experience she had there I have never seen her so engaged and happy the staff are incredible they have a remarkable bond with the dolphins and were absolutely wonderful with Sophia it was such a magical time I hope they continue to do their good work and make a difference in people’s lives Dee Abbott
It has been my pleasure to volunteer with Island Dolphin Care. I have had the opportunity to meet a plethora of diverse families and Veteran's groups throughout my time here. Children and adults alike express big smiles when swimming with the dolphins. It gives me so much joy to be able to experience the moment with each of them.
The classroom aspect provides a foundation of how to use the water session in the classroom. It has been exciting to see many families bond over the classroom session via various therapeutic aspects in creative methods of crafts, games, and other artwork.
I have learned more about marine life education while being here. I plan to use my knowledge to help educate my community when I return as I plan to run for my city's board to help make a difference. Island Dolphin Care has taught me about real issues we daily face in regards to the many dangers marine-life encounters and how we as individuals can work together as a team to be more aware of products we use , to help eliminate waste, and recycle and reuse more. I am so thankful for my experience at Island Dolphin Care as it has personally helped re motivate me to play a bigger role in my community.
I was an intern at IDC for three months. Every single day was another amazing experience!
IDC is a wonderful facility dedicated to serving those in need. I am very grateful that I was able to see some very touching milestones and breakthroughs during the dolphin swims and classroom session. It was the most wonderful thing in my live to see these kids laugh and smile (sometimes even for the very first time in their lives)!
I would always do this internship again!!
Gesa (from Germany)
Island Dolphin Care gave me the opportunity to experience a unique internship as a therapy assistance. I study Psychology so it was super interesting for me to work with different people with special needs such as autism or cerebral palsy. The team is evidently passionate about their work and is doing an amazing job. I would love to come back and volunteer for a longer time!
I've had an amazing time interning with Island Dolphin Care. The staff has taught me so much about different therapies and about how the dolphins live and aid in therapeutic assistance. The dolphins are so much fun to see every day. There are always fun times to be had when coming to Island Dolphin Care between the weekly barbecues getting to know more about the families and the art activities we do with the kids, we always end up having a great time. Can't wait to come back to visit!
I volunteered for Island Dolphin Care for 6 weeks and it was an awesome experience! It was breathtaking to see the benefits of this unique therapy for every single client I worked with. The Team at Island Dolphin care is great and very thoughtful. I immediately felt welcome. You can see that the Dolphins are happy and comfortable!
I had the privilege to intern for Island Dolphin Care. It is a great organization made up of compassionate individuals who are professionals in fields such as special education, psychology and therapy. I got to experience first hand the therapeutic benefits animal (dolphin) therapy has on children and adults suffering disabilities and illnesses such as autism, cerebral palsy and PTSD. As an aspiring special educator and animal lover myself, this was a truly amazing experience, and motivated me to continue my studies and find ways to incorporate animal therapy into my own professional goals. I would love to come back to IDC and continue working with dolphins and special needs individuals in the future!
Island dolphin care gave me the opportunity to intern and observe a unique therapy environment. The staff is qualified, and personable. I walked away from the
This is an incredible facility and program! The staff is dedicated to providing the best possible for both dolphins and clients! Amaziand facility where the dolphins live a life of purpose - providing Therapy to individuals, veterans and families with special needs, Mtion and research.
Where to begin! I was told about Island Dolphin Care by a upstanding and well known resident of the Florida Keys. When he found out that we had a home of adopted children that came from hard places, he immediately sent us there. I met with Deena and we became fast friends. She understood where I was coming from and wanted so desperately to help our family. We attended our first week long program in 2011 and I can't even begin to tell you the difference it made in our family. We went on to experience some additional trauma the next year, so IDC invited us back. We have been a few times and plan to return this May. We are beyond grateful and blessed to be part of the iDC family. Deena, Pete, Joe and the rest of the staff are simply amazing!
My son was diagnosed with ASD at 2 1/2 yrs. He's had 4 visits and seems to be more alert after his visits. The instructors have made great breakthroughs with him and the dolphin are a joy. Thank you for being there for our kids! XOXO
I was a volunteer at IDC in 2007! The experience I had was incredible because I was given the opportunity to see incredible things happen. To this day, I tell stories about the amazing changes I saw in kids, in only 1 week at IDC. What an amazing place to get away and not forget reality but face it with some extremely welcoming arms (and fins)!
It was an amazing day for me. I suffer from a spinal cord injury from the military. That day my left leg was in excruciating pain do to my nerve damage. I was to be pushed by both dolphins one on each foot. I was hesitant not letting that happen. So when I dolphins swim around to start pushing me, I noticed that the dolphin on my left side was barely touching me and the dolphin on the right side was doing all the work. So I asked the trainer if they would do it again the same to set of dolphins came over and i had the exact same reaction. So I ask the trainer if we can get two different dolphins and tried again. When both Dolphins so I'm around it happened a third time. The put a smile on my face and made me laugh a little bit. It goes to show you the intelligence of the animal and sensing what was wrong. When one animal shows compassion to another animal it shows that we can all get along in this world. I left there that day knowing that my life would be different from that point on I do look at things differently now. The affections about the Dolphins have showed me and the affectionate with the staff has showed me at Island Dolphin care will forever be ingrained in me.
To Island Dolphin care and to the staff I thank you for what you have shown me. I am forever grateful for that day.
Island Dolphin Care is an amazing place. Many of the families that come here have never seen a dolphin or interacted with one! Their lives are changed forever after they spend time here.
It is truly amazing to see the joy and happiness that they experience here and the fact that they can forget their problems for just a little while. The staff is wonderful and most of the families come back every year, making it their annual vacation. I am very lucky to be part of such a wonderful organization and able to contribute to it's success.
I am amazed by how attentive everyone is to clients, to people coming in from the general public with questions, to the volunteers. They really do care here. And beyond that, the work they do is simply awesome. I look forward to seeing more happy families doing their program.
Island Dolphin Care is the place I found after I retired. The dedication and peace that the staff and volunteers gave to the children, families, the military is what makes it magical. Thank you'
I was an intern here years ago. The staff was built up with some of the most caring and patient people you could find. The children were always so overjoyed to be there, whether in the art class or swimming with the dolphins. Animal assisted therapy is a tough road to maintain and IDC does it brilliantly.