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.
(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
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.
The Links Curriculum (Linking Assessment and Instruction
for Independence) is an evidence-based, comprehensive, web-based curriculum to
teach upper elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students with autism and
other developmental disabilities to be independent across school, community and
vocational routines.The Links Curriculum includes detailed lesson plans, visual
support materials, data systems, and assessment. Links also features academic, small group,
and independent work activities. Links
is designed to promote student independence in natural environments. The Links
online system utilizes a curriculum-based skill assessment and an observed
routine assessment (ORA) to identify target areas for instruction. Links task-analyzed routines can be
individualized to meet the needs of every student. The Links school, community and vocational
lesson plans provide instructional staff with the tools necessary to teach both
individual skills and independence in daily routines.
About the Instructors
Joel Arick, Ph.D. is the lead author of the STAR
(Strategies for Teaching based-on Autism Research) autism program. Dr. Arick
has 30 years of experience working in the field of autism. He is also a
co-author of several other published programs in the area of autism. These
programs include the ASIEP-3 (Autism Screening Instrument for
EducationalPlanning-3, 2004), the KADI (Krug Asperger Disorder Index,2003), and
the FACTER Program (Functional Assessment and Curriculum for Teaching Everyday
Routines, 2004). Dr. Arick, with colleagues, has been measuring the
progress of children educated using the STAR Autism Program, over the past
ten years. He is also an author of a chapter entitled “School-based
Programs for Children with Autism” in the Handbook on Autism (2005). Dr
Arick is Professor Emeritus at Portland State University.
He is currently assisting the state of Oregon to develop a network of
school-based training sites for children with autism in Elementary and Middle
School age levels.
Sheila Magee, M.S. is a School Psychologist and School Administrator.
Sheila has worked with children with autism for over 20 years. Sheila has
coordinated programs for children with autism at both the pre-school and
school-age level. She has expertise in analysis of behavior and implementation
of positive behavior support strategies.