STAR Program

Preview the STAR 2.0 ProgramThe STAR Program (Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research, Arick, Loos, Falco, Krug, 2004) 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.

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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.

  • Evidence-Based
  • 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

Select this level if your student has difficulty following simple commands, has no or very little language, has behavior issues when asked to do a simple task, and may not interact with other children.

With Level 1, teach students to:

  • Understand basic language concepts
  • Start to use verbal language to request desires
  • 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 more!

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Level 2 Complete Kit

Select this level if your student often follows some simple commands, but has difficulty with 2-step commands or more compels requests. Additionally, if your student uses only one word (or picture) to request desires, understands only simple nouns, plays only in isolation, and follows simple routines this level would be appropriate.

With Level 2, teach students to:

  • Follow 2-step commands
  • Use multiple words to make 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!

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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!

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