Five Charities Collaborate to Serve Autism Families

Unique Venture Brings Horseback Riding, Camping and Surfing Experience to Autism Families It all started at a coffee shop in Half Moon Bay.  Rupert Isaacson, founder of the HorseBoy Foundation was sipping tea and chatting with Joell Dunlap, Executive Director of Square Peg Ranch before heading out to do an intense training with a dozen Read More …

How Do You Mix Classical Dressage, Neuroscience and Fart Humor to Reach Kids on the Autism Spectrum?

It’s simple if you ask Rupert Issaacson originator of the Horse Boy phenomenon – “you just let the children take you on an adventure.” Rupert, with his rockstar hair and his Hollywood smile and upper caste British accent throughly delights with a boyish grin and self described “potty mouth.” He held rapt a group of Read More …

The Gospel of Beezus or How To Turn It Upside Down

10 year old Q has freckles across the bridge of his nose.  He’s tall for his age. People think he’s older. He’s a “sensory seeker” and will press his body into tight spaces, walls, curved surfaces and into you.  Last week, he was standing on something I was leaning against and suddenly, all 100+ pounds Read More …

Good Dog (or not) – The Importance of Environment

Sitting here on a sun dappled morning looking out over green hills and children and horses playing in the arena – I take a deep breath of gratitude for where and when I live. At my feet is our 13 year old hound mix Tucker.  He’s as devoted a dog as I’ve ever known in my Read More …

Does It Work?

Ironically, I was asked by an autism dad – a really thoughtful and kind autism dad “Does it work? Can you prove it?” It’s a fair question – especially as a non-profit soliciting for donations and support. People have limited resources and they want to support programs with proof of real results. I talked about Read More …

The Antidote to Bad News

What if I told you that every one of us has the knowledge, the training, the skills and the opportunity to relieve the world’s most crippling affliction? This terrible condition is 100% treatable and reversible.  It won’t require insurance coverage, legislation, staff meetings, specialists or any equipment. You think I’m lying or exaggerating. My argument isn’t supported Read More …

A Very Personal History – And a Chance to Make Change

In 1984 I became a mom.  I was still in high school.  My son Greg was born 9 weeks early and weighed 3 and a half pounds. While he grew in an incubator in the hospital, I finished both high school and my first quarter of college. My son’s learning difficulty started early.  He had Read More …

Values

“Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” Gandhi Early this week, I traveled to Texas to check in with our beloved HorseBoy tribe and to study under the wisdom and patience of international equitation masters Sofia Valenca and Goncalo Linhas. I enjoyed the connection of a community united by love and the Read More …