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Fri, Dec 14 | By Rebecca Andrews | 545

FLORIDA – A psychologist from south Florida has found a unique way to treat some of his younger patients. With the help of his pet turtle, also named Florida, Dr. Mitchell Spero uses tricks he has taught the reptile to demonstrate some of life’s… more ›

Doc's turtle tricks help patients
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Bonnie K.
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Bonnie K.
5 years ago

I didn't think a turtle's brain was big enough to learn.

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Wanda & Veronica ;.
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Wanda & Veronica ;.
5 years ago

so very neat. another thumbs up to animals.

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deb a.
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deb a.
5 years ago

I would love to see this turtle, it is hard to believe just reading the story, but I have found one of the best ways to help a younger child understand things do involve animals

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Edward Robin
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Edward Robin
5 years ago

Fun story!

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

Cute story.....it must be a hoot to see.

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

I always thought turtles were cool creatures. I'm glad this little guy can help people in this special way.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

His turtle does tricks????? He is the turtle whisperer--amazing!

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FrogWhisperer
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FrogWhisperer
5 years ago

Great story! Just proves that Herps make great pets too!

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sheri
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sheri
6 years ago

Great story cute idea.Kids listen more when animals are involed.

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Diane
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Diane
6 years ago

How cute!

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
6 years ago

Who would have thought? Cute story.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

cute story. I would hve never imagined a turtle could be used as pet therapy. I guess anything can be as long as you can fit it to the circumstances.

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Sharon S.
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Sharon S.
6 years ago

cute story. I would hve never imagined a turtle could be used as pet therapy. I guess anything can be as long as you can fit it to the circumstances.

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Chibikaie
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Chibikaie
6 years ago

That is really cool. Now if only I could train a pet instead of my pets training ME all the time ...

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Joann555
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Joann555
6 years ago

Neat. I wouldn't have thought of a turtle as a theraputic pet..

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Gretchen B.
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Gretchen B.
6 years ago

I didn't know that you could train turtles.

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Cindy Q.
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Cindy Q.
6 years ago

Animals are a good way to communicate with young/disabled children

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

Now that's the kind of doctor I would look up if I had the need. What a brilliant use of one of God's creatures!

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Innovation, imaginative, caring. Nice story. I am not surprised that Dr. Spero and Florida are having some success. Assuredly, the younger children will be interested in or fascinated with the Doctor's assistant, which just happens to be a very unusual turtle in that he performs tricks. Good work.

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PAULDESNOYERS
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PAULDESNOYERS
6 years ago

COOL!

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esther d.
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esther d.
6 years ago

Interesting story. I'm sure the turtle has helped him with many patients.

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Alex J.
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Alex J.
6 years ago

What a smart docter

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Jacob H.
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Jacob H.
6 years ago

this is really cool

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

Very cool!!!!

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Jdarunner
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Jdarunner
6 years ago

cool story.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Amazing!!!

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

I wonder how he trained the turtle!

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Annemarie S.
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Annemarie S.
6 years ago

I saw this story on tv. It's pretty cool.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
6 years ago

It's sad that children have to go through the pain of divorce. It's good to know that something as simple as a turtle can help them cope through the difficulty in their lives.

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Adriana  C.
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Adriana C.
6 years ago

This is so great! I'm sure the kids love it.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Interesting story.....

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Carryl D.
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Carryl D.
6 years ago

This is an awesome story. Most stories you read are about dogs or cats, but now a TURTLE!! Hey, it works for the situation>

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

When I was a kid we had turtles and I remember showing my family that I taught him a trick. When I opened my mouth the turtle would open his. My brother got closer to the turtle and the turtle latched on to his nose, and didn't let go. We had to rush him to the hospital with the turtle on his nose. Needless to say he was the talk of the hospital, and our family still talks of it to this day. Oh and about the turtle he got out if his pen outside and ran away. We never seen him again.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

a turtle that can do tricks. I would like to see this

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Char s.
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Char s.
6 years ago

Right on! Therapy turttle who does tricks... What could be cooler than that?!

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Samiam001413
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Samiam001413
6 years ago

Very interesting story. Who knew that you could teach a turtle to do tricks!

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jan l.
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jan l.
6 years ago

What a good idea. I didn't know you could teach a turtle tricks.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

Interesting and creative. Glad he found a way to reach children.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

I did not know turtles could do tricks. What a great way to help the patients.

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PennyOnTheFloor
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PennyOnTheFloor
6 years ago

Very interesting story. Who knew that you could teach a turtle to do tricks!

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

What a unique story and what an ice breaker for when he has a new client.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

amazing thumbs up to that dr for originality

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Absit
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Absit
6 years ago

i have never ever heard a turtle do tricks

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Logan
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Logan
6 years ago

That is amazing.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Never heard of a trick turtle nor a therapy turtle.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

How did the do that cute story

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

wow i have never heard a turtle do tricks. i dont quite see how a turtle can help with therapy

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

great story

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sierra w.
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sierra w.
6 years ago

delight!

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

What a delight for kids!! This guy must have
a lot of patience.

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