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The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

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ISBN13: 9780316008235
ISBN10: 0316008230
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An extraordinary tale filled with heart, The Horse Boy tells the moving story of the Isaacson family’s quest to heal their son Rowan of autism. An inspiring journey for every reader.
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"In this intense, polished account, the Austin, Tex., parents of an autistic boy trek to the Mongolian steppes to consult shamans in a last-ditch effort to alter his unraveling behavior. Author Isaacson (The Healing Land) and his wife, Kristin, a psychology professor, were told that the developmental delays of their young son, Rowan, were caused by autism. Floored, the parents scrambled to find therapy, which was costly and seemed punitive, when Isaacson, an experienced rider and trainer of horses from his youth in England, hoisted Rowan up in the saddle with him and took therapeutic rides on Betsy, the neighbor's horse. The repetitive rocking and balance stimulation boosted Rowan's language ability; inspired by the results, as well as encouraged by such experts as Temple Grandin and Isaacson's own experience working with African shamans, Isaacson hit on the self-described crazy idea of taking Rowan to the original horse people, the Mongolians, and find shamans who could help heal their son. The family went in July, accompanied conveniently by a film crew and van, which five-year-old Rowan often refused to leave, and over several rugged weeks rode up mountains, forded rivers and camped, while enduring strange shamanic ceremonies. Isaacson records heartening improvement in Rowan's firestormlike tantrums and incontinence, as he taps into an ancient, valuable form of spirit healing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

THE HORSE BOY is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story--of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.

Synopsis:

After his son Rowan is diagnosed with autism, Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, takes Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersect. This is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure.

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Chris Horne, April 16, 2009 (view all comments by Chris Horne)
This is a very touching story of a father's love for his child as he strives to find healing for his son by using unconventional means. If anyone has ever been involved with a child with autism, or any special needs for that matter, you will find this book inspiring. While it is the author's memoir of time spent with his son in Mongolia, it reads more like a novel, which is very enjoyable.
Having twin 7 year old boys with Autism I really enjoyed this book. Even though it does not give a full insight into a child with Autism's life it does give you a good glimpse.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316008235
Author:
Isaacson, Rupert
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Horses
Subject:
Pediatrics
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Children with Special Needs
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Psychopathology - Autism
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
357
Dimensions:
9.44x6.34x1.23 in. 1.32 lbs.

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Product details 357 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316008235 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

An extraordinary tale filled with heart, The Horse Boy tells the moving story of the Isaacson family’s quest to heal their son Rowan of autism. An inspiring journey for every reader.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this intense, polished account, the Austin, Tex., parents of an autistic boy trek to the Mongolian steppes to consult shamans in a last-ditch effort to alter his unraveling behavior. Author Isaacson (The Healing Land) and his wife, Kristin, a psychology professor, were told that the developmental delays of their young son, Rowan, were caused by autism. Floored, the parents scrambled to find therapy, which was costly and seemed punitive, when Isaacson, an experienced rider and trainer of horses from his youth in England, hoisted Rowan up in the saddle with him and took therapeutic rides on Betsy, the neighbor's horse. The repetitive rocking and balance stimulation boosted Rowan's language ability; inspired by the results, as well as encouraged by such experts as Temple Grandin and Isaacson's own experience working with African shamans, Isaacson hit on the self-described crazy idea of taking Rowan to the original horse people, the Mongolians, and find shamans who could help heal their son. The family went in July, accompanied conveniently by a film crew and van, which five-year-old Rowan often refused to leave, and over several rugged weeks rode up mountains, forded rivers and camped, while enduring strange shamanic ceremonies. Isaacson records heartening improvement in Rowan's firestormlike tantrums and incontinence, as he taps into an ancient, valuable form of spirit healing." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

THE HORSE BOY is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story--of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.

"Synopsis" by , After his son Rowan is diagnosed with autism, Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, takes Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersect. This is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure.
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