Since 2017, Monash SDS has been implementating the STAR and Links Program throughout the school. These programs combine evidence-based strategies which are being utilised by the school as a resource to teach the Victorian Curriculum.
The STAR Program teaches preschool and primary aged children with autism and other developmental disabilities, 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.
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 is designed for secondary school aged students and comprises a comprehensive curriculum 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.