The horse boy : a father's quest to heal his son

by Isaacson, Rupert.

Format: Large Print 2009
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Large Print LP 618.92 ISA
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Call Number  LP 618.92 ISA
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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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Isaacson, Rowan.
Isaacson, Rupert.
Autistic children -- United States -- Biography.
Parents of autistic children -- United States -- Biography.
Autism in children -- Treatment -- Case studies.
Horses -- Therapeutic use -- Case studies.
Human-animal relationships -- Case studies.
Autistic children -- Family relationships -- Case studies.
Fathers and sons -- Case studies.
Large type books.
Austin (Tex.) -- Biography.
Publisher Waterville, Me. : Bath, England :Thorndike Press ;2009
Edition Large print ed.
Language English
Description 553 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781410415899 (U.S. : large print : hardcover)
1410415899 (U.S. : large print : hardcover)
9781408430590 (U.K. : large print : hardcover)
1408430592 (U.K. : large print : hardcover)
9781408430606 (U.S. : large print : pbk.)
1408430606 (U.S. : large print : pbk.)
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