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Apr 4, 2024

In this week’s episode, Brain & Life Podcast co-host Dr. Daniel Correa speaks with Khari “Needlz” Cain, music producer and father to Makayla, a 16-year-old on the autism spectrum. Khari and his family recently created a film titled Makayla’s Voice: A Letter to the World that shares her experience finding a way to communicate using letter board therapy. As Makayla’s voice has gradually emerged, she has shown her intelligence, interests, and sense of humor to her loved ones. Khari discusses that journey, the accessibility of treatment, and his hopes for the future. Then Dr. Deepa Menon, a child neurologist and specialist in neurodevelopmental medicine, explains autism, genetic testing, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, and different types of therapies that may help families like Makayla’s.

Additional Resources

Makayla’s Voice: A Letter to the World

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Lego Therapy Builds Confidence in Patients with MS and Autism

A Theater Group That Features Neurodiversity on the Stage


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From Adolescence to Adulthood: Exploring Autism with Abbey and Christine Romeo


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Guests: Khari Cain @prodbyneedlz; Dr. Deepa Menon @ kennedykriegerinstitute

Hosts: Dr. Daniel Correa @neurodrcorrea; Dr. Katy Peters @KatyPetersMDPhD