The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

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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.
 

About Rupert Isaacson

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Rupert is the author of number of Cadogan Guides.
 
Published March 31, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 369 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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Putting all these pieces together, the author proposed to a reluctant Kristin that they backpack and ride horses across Mongolia, integrating Rowan with the faith and trance healers of the “horse people” who lived there.

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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 Isaa

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The Horse Boy Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop The good news is that when Rupert and Kristin Isaacson discovered that their son Rowan was autistic but had a strange a...

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Examiner

If you have never tried to get through to an autistic child, it will be easy to have the knee-jerk reaction that author Rupert Isaacson and his wife, Kristen, let their son “get away with” all sorts of bad behavior.

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Book Reporter

When Isaacson told her of his grand scheme to take Rowan to Mongolia to connect with the horse people and meet their traditional healers, she encouraged him.

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Huffington Post

It's also good to know that Rupert and Kristin have used the profits from the book The Horse Boy to found the nonprofit Horse Boy Foundation, which offers the chance to ride and benefit from close contact with horses, other animals, and nature.

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BookPage

Isaacson’s astonishing memoir, The Horse Boy, reveals how, inspired by these rare moments in the saddle, he began a quest through Mongolia to heal his five-year-old son.

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Common Sense Media

Experts on autism, including Temple Grandin, appear in interview segments to offer insight into the experience of living with autism.

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From Isaacson's insistence on placing himself front and center (epitomized in his declaration: "I'm a better father because of [my son's] autism," as if the kid only exists for his father's personal validation), the film's privileging of private moments that should probably stay private (we twice...

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