I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Beth Cerda. I am the mother of a 15 year old son who has the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and ADD. A few years ago, I read the book The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson. I had the honor and privilege of having Rupert come to my home town in Delaware, OH to do a screening and talk with the local community about his adventure, book and movie. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to watch Rupert and his assistant Iliane, develop the experience into a workable therapy through the use of horses and environmental accommodations.
I have spent time at demos, trainings and at the Horse Boy Foundations location in Elgin, TX. Throughout these times and in spite of the fact that I live in an urban sub-division and do not have any horses, I have learned a lot about the Horse Boy Method. I have personally observed a difference in kiddos that have been immersed into this therapy (including my own). I walked into the program with some doubts. After walking away, I am a true believer that this method is different. I have seen some of the other methods and truly believe that they are all great! If I lived in a perfect world, I would be able to walk into a therapy location and see all the perfect parts of every therapy being used for all our special people.
What I am asking you to do is take a serious look at this method. I think that you would be as pleased as I have been when I have been immersed into the special environment. In a nut shell, this method brings the therapy to your kids. The Horseboy Method includes the family and care-givers in the entire process. The main focus is to insure that both the special needs person AND the parents/family walk away feeling like their life is being touched in a freeing, compassionate and patient way. This is why Self Compassion is also incorporated into every aspect of the process.