Carina was six years old when started filming and she had just switched schools to a classroom where half of her pre-school peers also had an individual education plans (IEP’s) like her. We see amazing things happen in this classroom as well as at home with her ABA therapy.
15-year-old Daniel Jackson loves movies and animated television shows, especially the Simpsons, the Family Guy and the 3 Stooges. Dan also loves singing and we see how hard he works with a voice coach to perform a special song for the school talent show.
9-year-old Cain has a deep love of music and the ability to play a song from memory on his keyboard after just a few listens. A talented artist, Cain likes to draw cartoon-like, yet astonishingly accurate portraits of family members and friends.
Dr. John Gaitanis is Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to his position at Tufts, Dr. Gaitanis was Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Brown University where he aided in the development of ketogenic diet and epilepsy surgery programs, providing comprehensive epilepsy care for children in Rhode Island. He was also the Director of Pediatric Epilepsy at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he served as Cain Alves' treating neurologist.
Martha Herbert is a pediatric neurologist and a brain development researcher. She is assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she directs the TRANSCEND Research Program. She is an affiliate of the Harvard-MGH-MIT-HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Dr. Herbert’s book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be was released in 2012.
Dr. Bennett Leventhal is the Co-Chair of the Scientific Research Council of the Child Mind Institute and the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Emeritus at the University of Chicago. Dr. Leventhal has championed initiatives to advance research on the molecular genetics of autism, the prenatal origins of disruptive behavior disorders, and the brain mechanisms that interfere with social functioning. He also helped establish a global network of scientists who are currently investigating the origins of mental health disorders that emerge during the first few years of life.
Dr. Eric Morrow is a geneticist who directs The Morrow lab at Brown University. Dr. Morrow also directs the Developmental Disorders Genetics Research Program at Bradley Hospital. He and his team investigate the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying disorders of cognitive development, such as intellectual disability and autism.