New York Times: A Gallop Toward Hope: One Family’s Adventure in Fighting Autism (April 2009)

When Rupert Isaacson decided to take his autistic son, Rowan, on a trip to Mongolia to ride horses and seek the help of shamans two years ago, he had a gut instinct that the adventure would have a healing effect on the boy. Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/books/15horse.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 Mr. Isaacson’s instinct was rewarded after the trip, when some of Rowan’s …

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Wall Street Journal: A Horse And His Boy (April 2009)

Can equine companionship help autism? Ask most parents how far they’d go for their child, and the usual answer is “to the ends of the earth.” It’s a turn of phrase that Rupert Isaacson and Kristin Neff took literally. “The Horse Boy,” directed by Mr. Isaacson and Michel Orion Scott, and opening in New… Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204488304574428870691936470

Telegraph UK – The Horse Boy: Bringing equine therapy to help autistic children in Britain (2009)

In his extraordinary best seller ‘The Horse Boy’, Rupert Isaacson told the heart-warming story of the equine adventure that helped ease his son’s autism. Now he is determined to bring the therapy to children here. Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/6206735/The-Horse-Boy-Bringing-equine-therapy-to-help-autistic-children-in-Britain.html With his long, blond hair, biker jacket and distressed jeans, Rupert Isaacson looks like a surf dude displaced to …

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Publisher Weekly: The Monday Interview: Rupert Isaacson (2009)

An interview with Rupert Isaacson, whose The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son was published by Little, Brown.  Source: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/11569-the-monday-interview-rupert-isaacson.html PW: Your book in a sense is about the love between a father and his son. How has the writing of the book, the trip to Mongolia with Rowan and the overall experience …

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IndieWire: Producer Rupert Isaacson, “Over the Hills and Far Away”: Shamans, Mysticism, and a Family’s Journey (2009)

From the Sundance catalog: “Rowan was born in 2001, seven years after his parents met while touring India. His father, Rupert, a British journalist and human-rights activist, and his mother, Kristin, a psychology professor from suburban California, felt the world was their oyster.  Source: http://www.indiewire.com/2009/01/producer-rupert-isaacson-over-the-hills-and-far-away-shamans-mysticism-and-a-familys-journey-70880/ After their son was diagnosed with autism in 2004, their perfect …

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Texas Monthly (2009)

After their two-year-old son, Rowan, was diagnosed with autism in 2004, the author and his wife, Kristin, struggled with the challenge of finding effective treatment for an incontinent, uncommunicative child given to intractable tantrums.  Source: https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/rupert-isaacson/ The Horse Boy: A father’s quest to heal his son tells of their journey to Mongolia, in 2007, in search of …

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CNN: Family find respite from autism in Mongolia (2009)

When 3-year-old Rowan Isaacson darted away from his father and dived into a herd of grazing horses, it easily could have been the end of the small autistic boy. He was babbling under the hooves of a boss mare.  Source: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/24/autism.horse.mongolia/index.html?iref=nextin “I thought he was going to get trampled,” recalled Rupert Isaacson, Rowan’s father. But the …

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Psych Central: The Magic of Equine-Facilitated Therapy (2009)

The New York Times published a fascinating article last week about one young family’s success using an unorthodox combination of equine (horse)-assisted therapy and Mongolian shamanism to ease their autistic son’s behavioral difficulties: Source: https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/04/20/the-magic-of-equine-facilitated-therapy/ By Renée M. Grinnell When Rupert Isaacson decided to take his autistic son, Rowan, on a trip to Mongolia to ride horses and seek the help of shamans …

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