I will never forget trying to get babysitter/ helper types for my three sons when they were young. “My oldest has autism,” I would say, “that means… he has a hard time communicating and his, uh, behavior can be challenging, so I’ll pay you extra. The other two boys are easy.”
When we eventually found helpers we thought could manage Matthew’s peculiarities, we didn’t know for sure how things were going until we got home.
What I really could have used back then was The Collaborative Autism Training and Support Program (CATS). The program, a partnership between Sonoma State University and California Parenting Institute, offers loving support to children, much- needed respite and resources to families, and prepares university students to be effective autism service providers.
With the CATS program:
• A Sonoma State University student, one who is actually training work with kids like yours for a career, works one-on-one with your child 3-4 hours/week in your home for 10-12 weeks per semester.
• Parents have the opportunity to participate in online AND in person Parent Support Groups, parent networking groups and plus up-to-date autism information and resources.
• Families have access to English and native Spanish-speaking CATS personnel for information, advocacy and support.
• Contact information is available for a pool of students available for additional paid respite work.
To learn more about this program CLICK HERE.
Autism Training Programs are also available at the following colleges. You can ask them if they have a pool of students anxious to work with your child as well:
Dominican University of California
San Francisco State
More programs are listed on the Marin Autism Collaborative Website HERE.
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