A program at Sonoma State University's psychology department pairs students studying autism with families who need help with their children who have the disorder. Under the Collaborative Autism Training & Support program, students commit to yearlong family assignments, providing support and instruction to children and their families. "Ideally, it's a mutual education process where the students learn from the parents and the child and the parents learn from the student," the program's founder, Lorna Catford, said.

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