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…

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.” [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Rupert and Rowan Isaacson"][/caption] Rupert, with his rockstar hair and his Hollywood smile and upper caste British accent throughly delights with a boyish grin and self described…

2018 – A Year to Remember

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted – The Buddha.” For Square Peg, 2018 was a year of unprecedented growth. In July, we officially opened Square Peg at Cadence Farm in Sonoma, CA. …

Changes

"……turn and face the strain.” David Bowie This week we hosted our gathering we call Salon.  We talked about Change.  We had the chance to talk about how fear of change balances with excitement about change and how trepidation and excitement are so closely linked and how we are better able to manage our fear…

Our News

Once upon a time there was a horsewoman. Her name was Susan Pommer.  Susan was svelte, smart and strong.  She was  gentle and kind. Horses and humans adored her.  Susan earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold medals from the USDF.  In 2003, Susan and her husband Kurt bought 11 acres in sunny Sonoma and Cadence Farm was…

Leadership – Calm is Contagious

The number one leadership factor is:” “Calm is Contagious” says former Navy SEAL commander Rourke Davis. Imagine that?  Coming from a Navy SEAL - talking about leadership and he  sounds like a neo-buddhist hippy. Calm is Contagious -  leadership advice. Yesterday, a family came to the barn. The son is 18. He’s limited verbally and…

Bread and Jam for Behaviors

I’m back from two days in San Diego having had the honor to present Movement Method to a group of therapists on one day and to a group of autism parents on the other. I was assisted by the brilliant and patient Vanda Richardson who applies these methods to her families daily. We presented well…

You Really Got Me Now

I came across a newsletter for an agency that provides behavioral services to families. I read and watched it all - despite the fact that I was sick to my stomach. Videos of “success stories” showing a child sitting on the floor stimming and then the therapist taking the toy away and the child melting…