STAR Autism Program: Strategies for Teaching based on Autism Research http://www.starautismprogram.com/star-autism-program The STAR Program uses research-based instructional strategies and curriculum. It uses short 1:1 sessions to teach new skills. The program works to develop generalization of skills and teach independence through planned group activities. The program includes three instructional levels to meet a range of needs. STAR is based on the following Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) instructional strategies: discrete trial, pivotal response training, and functional routines. The STAR Program is designed to address each of the following areas for students with autism: impairments in communication, impairments in social interaction, restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior and/or interests, unusual responses to sensory experiences, and difficulties with change of routine/schedule. The STAR Program targets six curriculum content areas that specifically relate to the needs of children with autism: expressive language, receptive language, spontaneous language, functional routines, pre-academic skills, and play and social interaction concepts. Student learning profiles and curriculum-based assessments show the overall scope and sequence of The STAR Program. The student learning profiles and assessments also provides guidelines for determining which lesson to focus on for each student, shows instructional strategies that are most effective for each lesson, shows which lessons can be taught simultaneously, and establishes baseline and summarizes student’s instructional progression.