• Star & Links Curriculum Training Program

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.

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.

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.

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.


550 € for early registrations (until March, 31th, 2019)

700€ For registrations done between April 1 and May 15th , 2019