- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new course at Maryville College is pairing students with autistic children.

WATE-TV (https://bit.ly/1blYHoB) reports the pilot project, which began this semester, is a cooperative effort between Maryville College, Cherokee Health Systems and the University of Tennessee. Officials say students work with autistic children on a regular basis to reinforce skills such as behavior, communication and language.

Parents Joel and Lucy Creel, who have 4-year-old twins involved in the program, say the extra social interaction helps their children.

Student Courtney Bowers works with the twins and says the program has helped her decide that she wants to focus on a career in speech and language pathology.

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Information from: WATE-TV, https://www.wate.com/

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