The Links Curriculum (Linking Assessment and Instruction for Independence) is an evidence-based, comprehensive, web-based curriculum to teach upper elementary, secondary and postsecondary students with autism and other developmental disabilities to be independent across school, community and vocational routines.
The Links Curriculum includes detailed lesson plans, visual sequence strips, data systems and assessment. Links is designed to promote student independence in natural environments. The Links online system utilizes a curriculum-based assessment to individualize routines for every student. The Links school and community lesson plans provide the user with the tools necessary to teach both individual skills and independence in daily routines.
- Research Validated
- ABA Based
- Award Winning
- Provides a comprehensive curriculum for upper elementary, middle, high school & post-secondary students
- Is aligned to Common Core State Standards
- Is appropriate across developmental levels
- Is customizable for individual student needs
- Provides extensive lesson plans for individual and group instruction
- Offers instant progress monitoring through a web-based platform
- Provides district-wide access for data sharing and instructional collaboration
- Provides IEP goal and objective recommendations
- Offers custom visual supports for use in teaching routines and lessons
- Is a pratical and efficient solution for educators
- Is award winning!
The Links Curriculum web-based application allows educators to conduct global and targeted assessments and immediately review results through a variety of reports. Baseline and ongoing data can be collected to assess a student's level of independence, while taking into account individualized prompting needs during daily routines.
With the comprehensive Links Curriculum, instructors can develop classroom routines that can be implemented with all students to teach critical skills. The Links Curriculum teaches functional routines by applying evidence-based strategies (including discrete trial training), and includes extensive lesson plans for both individual and group instruction.
Assessment data collected in the natural environment allows instructors to identify specific routine steps and skills that are problematic for a student.
Specific Links lesson plans are suggested and matched to a student's unique developmental needs.
Links Curriculum encourages educators to implement a variety of instructional techniques, utilizing visual, verbal, and auditory prompts that increase a student's ability to engage more independently in school and community settings.
Instructors are able to track a student's progress related to independence within routines by monitoring the teacher cues and additional prompting needed by a student.
On an administrative level, Links Curriculum empowers staff to view data for students in their region to determine if performance goals have been met.
- 47 school and community routines
- Customizable routine feature to create unlimited routines
- 143 lessons emphasizing expressive and receptive communication, functional academics, social behavior and communication, and engaging in diverse activities
- Classroom simulation lessons such as "Going to the Movies" and "Listening to Music"
- 47 visual sequence strips highlighting essential Links routine steps
- 47 interactive student visual books
- Links implementation and instructional guides
- Data collection forms (with examples)
- IEP Goals and Objectives for all Links lessons and routines
- Interactive web-based assessment and tracking system
- Student reports and progress monitoring
- Administrator view
The process reflects the natural education cycle of selection, assessment, instruction, assessment and evaluation of results. Special Education Teacher, Oregon
This is a great curriculum and online system! It clarifies and simplifies the process of teaching functional routines! It provides structure, data management, prompt guidance and instructional support. Links has already impacted the way I perceive teaching and assessing routines! SLP, Texas
It gives teachers incredible structure. Administrator, Arkansas
Links provides teachers with ideas and support for how to best assess and collect data on behavior within the context of routines. BCBA, Iowa