The S.T.A.R. Program serves students in pre-kindergarten through post-high school with autism, intellectual, and other related impairments. The S.T.A. R. Program utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for skill acquisition and behavior management, Verbal Behavior (VB) for language acquisition and learning, and structured teaching strategies for communication and structure.
Key components of the S.T.A.R. Program include:
- Program emphasis is on the development of critical academic, communication, social, and life skills through a collaborative team-based approach.
- Utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, and structured teaching.
- Daily instruction focuses on communication, socialization, daily living skills, leisure skills, motor development, community-based instruction, health management, vocational training/instruction, behavior management, and assistive technology.
- Curriculum content is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and Common Core Standards. Research-Based Interventions are included as part of the curricula.
- Students within the program have access to related services as indicated on their IEP.
- Parent participation is an integral component in the educational program.
- Ongoing communication and collaboration is encouraged.