The Horse Boy Foundation helps children and families with Autism to ameliorate sensory dysfunctions and thus open the door to direct communication. We work with horses and nature based environments using methods evolved by trial and error over the past seven years.
Horse Boy Method was pioneered by Rupert Isaacson, his autistic son Rowan and their Quarter Horse Mare Betsy. In 2007 Rupert, his wife Kristin and Rowan rode across Mongolia together – a journey that became the book and film “The Horse Boy”.
Since that journey the Horse Boy Foundation has helped hundreds of families in Central Texas, North America and in Europe to find the same incredible results in terms of sensory healing and direct communication with the exterior world.
The Horse Boy Foundation provides its services to families free of charge and supports other therapeutic riding stables across the globe, as well as running its own center – the New Trails Center in Elgin, TX. The foundation relies on fundraising and private donations to offer its services to families.
First we provide an environment in which autism families (and those with related neuro-psychiatric conditions) can find respite from man-made and industrial stimuli – which are known triggers for chronic episodes, seizures and tantrums. Once the child (or young adult) has relaxed into this environment we then introduce the horse.
We start with sensory work in which the child lies body to body with the horse in various positions that calm the nervous system. Then we begin the ridden work. In Horse Boy Method we ride in the same saddle with the child sitting in front of us and use a mixture of the horse’s rhythms and rapid response prompting to gain communication. From here we then begin to teach perspective taking skills, and academics – from very basic academics to really advanced stuff such as fractions, science, geography and general math.
The bottom line is that Horse Boy Method gets results. For more information visit our website at www.HorseBoyWorld.com
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