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Rupert Isaacson’s ‘The Long Ride Home’ Follows an Autistic Boy’s Journey Around the World

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One year after Rupert Isaacson, founder of The Horse Boy Foundation, and Autistic son Rowan met with a shaman in Mongolia in the hopes of somehow helping Rowan (a story you can read about in Isaacson’s first book, The Horse Boy), Isaacson started to notice that his son’s behavior was regressing, despite the significant improvement he showed after leaving Mongolia. It was clear that something was missing, and then Isaacson recalled the shaman telling him Rowan would need to experience three other healing journeys. In The Long Ride Home (Horse Boy Press, March 3), Isaacson shares the life-changing trek from Africa to Australia and back to the United States that changed not only Rowan’s life but the entire family’s life as well. Chock-full of…

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Visual Thinking: Temple Grandin’s TED Talk and a Book List to Give You Perspective

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and it’s worth it to take a minute to celebrate the innumerable ways people are unique. Animal behavior pioneer Temple Grandin has been an Autism advocate and activist for years, and in her talk from TED2010, she shares her distinctive outlook on the world. She breaks down the main ways people on the “continuum” of Autism can develop as thinkers, and expands on her own experience as a visual thinker. For Grandin, her visual thinking allowed her insights into detail-oriented problem solving that the people around her missed – and in this talk, she makes it clear that young people today on the Autism spectrum have just as much potential as she did. In…

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