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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Frickin' Dolphins Revisited

Dolphin gives NJ boy a voice

Dolphins are not miracle workers.

But don’t tell that to Patty and David Rodriguez from Ridgefield, New Jersey.

They recently took their 12 year-old son, David, to Dolphin Cove in the Cayman Islands to participate in the Rapid Development Therapy program.

David is a special needs child with symptoms of autism and other developmental disorders. His condition has gone undiagnosed by doctors after endless MRI scans and tests, although his parents have heard the phrase “nonspecific global development delay.”

For his entire life, he has had trouble communicating verbally and nonverbally, which has led to frustration and anger for him and his parents. Quite simply, he would not speak. The only sounds that he made were cries.

He refused to drink water – he only took small sips of chocolate milk – which led to painful ulcers, indigestion, acid reflux and dehydration.

When his parents took him out in public, there was a good chance that little David would break down in a screaming tantrum.

“We have had this young boy for 12 years in a glass room, without windows and without doors,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “We have been trying desperately to get in and he has been banging on the glass, desperate to get out.”

They were at the end of their rope – hopeless, desperate. They had tried everything, from feeding therapy at St. Joseph’s Hospital to physical therapy at the Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.

“We had exhausted all the resources around us,” Patty said. “Having a sense of hope was getting tough.”

Then they found Ziggy…

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