In August, 2008 the Nikolaev zoo allocated funds and took away the certain room for carrying out sessions of zootherapy. Now every Tuesday the children having a Down syndrome, a cerebral palsy, autism and other serious illness, can in comfortable conditions and a quiet situation to communicate with animals, restoring thereby the health.
The director of the Nikolaev zoo Vladimir Topchy tells: "The thought to be engaged in zootherapy was born in a zoo, then we addressed in the center of early social rehabilitation of children - disabled people. 3 years fulfilled and saw that there are certain positive results, very much it was pleasant to parents, children are happy. Therefore decided to make this year "on - to the adult" this center. Work very interesting, in Ukraine the such don't know. Allocated the certain room, made in it repair. The center of rehabilitation gave furniture".
In a zoo there is a special contact group of animals: rabbits, hedgehogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, laboratory mice, turtles and others. Communication with animals and carrying out with their participation of special exercises promote development of the emotional sphere of the sick child, stimulate development of perception, attention, memory. The special attention on occupations is paid to motive exercises and speech development, formation at children of skills of consumer services.
"The child each time rediscovers the world for himself, we adults forget about it, and for them this great opening. Children work by the special technique developed by Irina Orlova, science managing department and education. The technique was highly appreciated by experts, published in the collection of the international conference which took place in Novosibirsk. In Ukraine there is a hypotherapy (therapy with participation of horses), but to those children who to us go, it isn't available. In the Crimea once there was a therapy with dolphins. And such phenomenon as at us, isn't present anywhere in the country", - Vladimir Nikolaevich notes.