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The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
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Apr 30, 2010

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True account about a boy with autism who loves animals. When he is six, his parents take him to Mongolia to ride horses and to meet some Shamans (Shamanism is a religion), hoping that this will help his development and heal him. What impressed me the most about this story is the love, patience and the sacrifice that his parents were willing to devote to help Rowan. Some of the religious ways (potions made with animal innards and cowdung, songs that the Shamans chanted, loud drumbeats) that the Shamans used to heal Rowan left me skeptical, but since he did improve (less temper tantrums, became potty trained while there, made his first friend while he was there, was able to greatly improve in his communications) during his three week stay in Mongolia, it made me think that maybe I need to open my eyes to different methods of healing. I'm looking forward to seeing the documentary of his family's Mongolian adventures so I can see with my own eyes the changes that took effect on Rowan.

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