STAR Autism Support – Helping Schools Meet Special Needs

STAR Autism Support (SAS) provides curriculum materials, workshops and training to school and agency staff who work with students with autism. Our mission is to help others successfully implement research-based applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques. We want every child with autism to receive effective instruction!

Since the inception of the company, STAR Autism Support has been a leader in autism teaching strategies, in particular in building capacity for districts, regional programs and states of all sizes to effectively  serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. SAS has worked with over 2,500 school districts and over 25,000 educators across the United States and throughout the world. Our unique, practical approach provides school districts the curriculum resources and a continuum of professional development activities to address the educational needs of students early childhood through post-secondary.  Some of the clients SAS has worked with include Oregon Department of Education, Arizona Department of Education, Puerto Rico Department of Education, Philadelphia Public Schools, Plano Independent School District and many more.

The STAR Program

The STAR Program (Arick, Loos, Falco, Krug, 2004) teaches children with autism the critical skills identified by the National Research Council. 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 (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.

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!

The Links® Curriculum

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.

  • Evidence-Based
  • 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!


  • 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

Evidence-Based and Research-Validated Curriculum

The STAR Program and the Links Curriculum are grounded in evidence-based practices and have shown to be effective in many settings, including public school programs. These curricula transfer research into practice by providing teachers with the tools to implement a comprehensive program using the teaching strategies identified as most effective for students with significant learning challenges.

With The STAR Media Center, you’ll gain exclusive access to our:

STAR Training Videos
Video examples of all STAR lesson plans and strategies.

Examples of STAR Training Videos Include:

  • Videos of 154 STAR Program Lessons
  • Hundreds of Example Videos

Themes First!™
Monthly theme units. New visuals, independent work activities and more with every Theme!

Routine Essentials™
Access environmental supports, visual supports and other resources! Ideas for Circle Time, Transition, Snack and more!

Create new staffing schedules! Get new ideas for daily activities and access visual envrironmental supports for those activities!

Features of the E-scheduler Include:

  • STAR Schedule Templates
  • Customizable Scheduling App for Personalized Class Schedules

Examples of Downloadable Resources Include:

  • Visual Supports Library
  • Monthly Updated Themed Units
  • Activity Ideas (small group, individual, and classroom activities)
  • Printable worksheets
  • Visual and environmental supports
 Classroom Tools: STAR Media Center

Subscribers to this package have access to a variety of downloadable and printable resources. These resources include Themes First, Routine Essentials, STAR Training Videos and the E-scheduler. These practical, on-demand materials address the learning needs for students at a variety of developmental levels.

  • Preview the Media Center by clicking on one of the Components below:
  • Subscribe to the Media Center to gain access to STAR Training Videos, Themes First!, Routine Essentials and the E-scheduler.

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