Rupert Isaacson who developed the method of using horses to help his own autistic son Rowan will give a presentation at the Clonlara Equestrian Centre which is on the outskirts of Limerick City.
Isaacson from Texas, USA is the author of “The Horse Boy” which explains his programme of using horses to teach communication and academics to children with autism.
The family’s journey to Mongolia in search of alternative help for Rowan was the subject of an award winning documentary which will also be shown in Limerick.
Isaacson will give a presentation at the Clonara Centre on Monday July 11th at noon and the Irish debut of the Horse Boy documentary will be screened at the Savoy Hotel in Henry Street in Limerick at 6pm that night.
As a human rights activist, Isaacson had many dealings with the bush people of Africa and during one gathering at a UN convention, Rowan met tribal healers who performed various rituals on the child.
Isaacson noticed that many of Rowan’s autism symptoms began to regress.
He and his wife Kristin where overwhelmed and excited at the progress, however, not long after returning home Rowan regressed into the solitary world of autism, tantrums and incontinence.
Also noticing that his son had a connection with horses, it was decided that the family would travel to Mongolia where horses and shamanic healing intersected.
Rowan’s social skills, communication and academics were greatly improved, prompting Isaacson to develop The Horse Boy Method; a method that has since improved the lives of children with autism and their families around the world.
Tickets to the demonstration at Clonlara Equestrian Centre and the screening of the documentary are €8 each or €10 for access to both and can be bought on the Le Dúlra website: www.ledulra.com.
For more information: Shellie Murtagh at [email protected]
Horse Boy Camp
The first ever Irish Horse Boy Therapy residential summer camp for autistic children gets underway in Stradbally, Co Laois on July 25th.
Riding instructor Maggie Whelan who trained in the Horse Boy technique to help her own autistic son Merrick, is now offering the therapy to other autistic children and their parents.
Maggie can be contacted through the Laois ARC Facebook page or Tel: 087-9217467