The STAR Program (Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research, Arick, Loos, Falco, Krug, 2015) teaches children with autism the critical skills identified by the 2001 National Research Council and uses many of the evidence-based practices identified in the 2009 National Standards Report and 2014 National Professional Development Report.
Our approach to curriculum makes standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Academically rigorous, project-based learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning inspire students to think and work as professionals, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom. She used the curriculum as a starting point but then added in other ideas, a video, and a chart that was unique to her class, using a separate resource to gather ideas that helped her teach it more clearly. She still followed the curriculum's basic structure, but she built on it to make it more fun for her students.
The ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching functional routines form the instructional base of this comprehensive program for children with autism. The STAR Program is the only curriculum that has been validated by multiple independent randomized control trials (including IES and NIH Grants) on the market today.
- Research Validated
- ABA Based
- Award Winning
The STAR Program includes detailed lesson plans, teaching materials, data systems and a curriculum-based assessment for teaching in the six curricular areas of receptive language, expressive language, spontaneous language, functional routines, academics, and play & social skills.
- Uses evidence-based instructional practices
- Is research-validated
- Is ABA-based
- Provides a comprehensive curriculum-based assessment and documents progress on IEPs
- Is aligned to Common Core State Standards
- Is shown to be effective in public school settings
- Meets the individual needs of students at various developmental levels
- Comprehensive materials include program manual, lesson plans and ready to use manipulatives, photo cards and other instructional tools
- Is award winning!
Level 1 Complete Kit
You should select the Level 1 kit if your student shows some difficulty understanding or following simple commands, has no language or very little language, has moderate behavior issues when asked to follow a simple task, and/or may not interact with other children very well. Pollyanna the movie.
With the Level 1 kit, we begin to teach students to:
- Understand basic language concepts and commands
- Start to use verbal language to request their needs and desires
- Understand and follow simple routines such as arrival to an activity area, departure from an activity area, circle time, or snack time.
- Begin to participate in independent constructive play.
- And much, much, much more!
Level 2 Complete Kit
Please purchase the Level 2 kit if your student can often follow some simple commands but conversely shows difficulty with 2-step commands or requests that are considered more complex. Additionally, if your student uses only one word (or picture) to request desires, understands only simple nouns, plays only in isolation, and only follows simple routines this level would be considered the most appropriate.
With Level 2, we teach students to:
- Follow 2-step commands
- Use multiple words to make more complex requests
- Use simple verbs such as 'sleeping, eating or crying'
- Learn the names of other children
- Play interactively
- Identify numbers, letters, and a few sight words
- Answer 'wh' questions
- And much more!
Level 3 Complete Kit
Select this level if your student can use two or more words (or pictures) to communicate. Additionally, your student should be able to label objects, identify numbers and letters, identify a few words by sight reading, and follow most classroom routines with verbal directions or picture schedule.
With Level 3, teach students to:
- Expand vocabulary and phrase length
- Use prepositions and pronouns
- Read more functional sight words
- Write with dictation and from memory
- Read a simple story in a book, identify and use memory
- Tell time and use this skill with their classroom schedule
- Add and subtract one-digit numbers
- Follow more complex routines such as computer use, transitioning between locations and large group activities in and out of the classroom
- Participate in school routines such as music, PE, lunch, and recess
- Play interactively with peers
- And much more!