Proudly affiliated to CARD,
world leaders in autism treatment.

The Star Academy’s Board Certified Autism Instructors deliver individualised, top quality tailor-made ABA programmes to children on the autism spectrum or with a related disorder. 

If you are looking for solutions for children diagnosed with autism spectrum (ASD) or related disorders, we can assist you. We cater for the needs of each individual child and tailor make ABA programmes to suit the schooling needs of each individual child on the autism spectrum. We hope to empower you with the information to guide you in making decisions regarding treatment options and autism schools. Deciding on the best course of action is never an easy decision and we hope that the information on our website will serve as a compass directing your journey along a path that can lead your child to a better future.

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“The Star Academy in South Africa is among the most successful CARD affiliate sites. Star Academy has four center-based clinics in South Africa, with two in Johannesburg, one in Pretoria, and one in Durban. In an effort to disseminate ABA treatment for children with Autism beyond South Africa, Star Academy also maintains its own affiliate sites in Zimbabwe and Ghana. In addition to providing center-based ABA intervention, Star Academy clinics also provide home, school, and community-based instruction, as well as training for teachers and aides in the classroom environment. Star Academy continues to shine as an example of how high-quality ABA treatment can be disseminated to regions of the world that previously had little to no treatment available.”

Extract from Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism (The Card Model) by Doreen Granpeesheh, Jonothan Tarbox, Adel C. Najdowski and Julie Kornack.

Evidence Based Autism School Solution

The Star Academy School for Autsim South AfricaThe Star Academy is an affiliate of the USA based Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), world leaders in autism treatment. Our organisation was established in 2009 and provides tailor made Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programmes to children on the Autism Spectrum.  With ABA’s evidence based, autism education solution you wont need an autism school.

As a respected authority on Autism treatment in Africa, we assess each child across all skills domains including language and communication, adaptive skills, executive functioning skills, fine motor, gross motor, academic skills and social skills. Once we have conducted our Skills assessment we design an ABA programme for each individual child which is implemented by our Star Academy Team. The team consists of board certified ABA Instructors and Supervisors trained by CARD. A trained team is carefully selected based on the intake information and then allocated to the child’s team.

The Star Academy School of Autsim South AfricaChallenging behaviors are addressed by implementing a behavior intervention plan as part of each child’s ABA programme.  ABA Services are provided at various locations including at the Academy, at home, in the community, at mainstream school or remedial school or elsewhere depending on the specific needs of the child. Some children attend regular or remedial school in the morning and attend an Academy or have home based sessions in the afternoon. Some children attend mainstream school with a trained facilitator provided by the Academy and some children attend the Academy full time.

ABA Services are provided to children Monday to Saturday depending on the scheduling requests of each family and children attending the Academy vary in age ranging from 15 months to 17 years old.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Metal Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association, is the standard reference that is used for classification and diagnosis of ASD among other disorders. The DSM has been revised several times and is currently in its fifth edition (DSM5) which was released in May 2013. The diagnostic criteria for ASD changed significantly from DSM-IV to DSM-5. The diagnostic criteria for ASD according to the DSM-5 consist of two sets of symptoms.:1) social communication and social interaction deficits and 2) the presence of restrictive, repetitive patterns of behaviour interests or activities. The authority to give an official diagnosis of ASD is reserved for medical doctors or educational psychologists. For more information on the criteria that comprise an autism diagnosis go to Autism Diagnosis Criteria in the DSM-V

Through the application of the principles of behaviour analysis the Star Academy team delivers a unique program for each child aimed at addressing each child’s challenges and delays. Many decades of research have empirically proven the effectiveness of ABA with children with ASD. Furthermore, ABA is advocated by the American Surgeon General in the treatment of children with Autism. We would like to encourage parents to read Evidence-Based Treatment for children with Autism: The CARD Model by Dr Doreen Granpeesheh, Jonathan Tarbox, Adel C. Nadjdowski and Julie Kornack. The manual provides a user-friendly description of the use of ABA and the CARD model which has come to be known as one of the leading gold-standard approah to evidence -based intervention for children with ASD. To order this book click on books on our web page.

Our Star Academy team collaborate with other professionals including Speech Therapists or Occupational Therapists in order to ensure that the child’s individual and specific needs are met and that we are working as a team to ensure the child’s progress.

School facilitation involves a trained ABA Instructor accompanying the learner in a regular or remedial education classroom. Typically, the child follows the general classroom routine, and the regular education teacher is considered the primary instructor. The role of the Facilitator at School is to provide support to the child through the use of prompting and reinforcement, so the child can successfully engage in the classroom activities in a way that is similar to his or her peers. The primary goal of the Facilitator is to help the learner be successful in the classroom. As the learner gains more and more of the skills needed to function independantly in the classroom the goal is to fade out the facilitator. It is critically important for children with an ASD diagnosis to model typical peers and once the child has pre-requisite skills or has sufficient language to start learning social skills we encourage the parents to find an appropriate school setting for the child to attend initially with facilitation. School specific goals are tracked and the aim is to integrate the child to be independent and a successful member of the classroom.
The PROMPT System (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets ) is a tactile kinesthetic approach which was developed by Deborah Hayden over a period of thirty years. PROMPT is a dynamic tactile method of treatment for motor speech disorders which capitalizes upon touch pressure, kinesthetic and proprioceptive cues. PROMPT has been a successful tool in treating children and adults who suffer from appraxia, dyspraxia, dysarthria or aphasia. The motor speech hierarchy assessment is conducted and incorporates Madibular Control, Labial-Facial control, Lingual Control, Sequenced Movements and Prosody. Once these domains have been assessed a speech motor plan is designed for each child and incorporated into their ABA program at the Star Academy. PROMPT treatment has been very effective when treating children with an ASD diagnosis. Children who are developmentally delayed, have a language delay or who are hearing-impaired have also benefited from this method of intervention. Our trained PROMPT Instructors deliver the PROMPT program to the children who attend our Academies. Go to for current research, presentations and published papers on PROMPT.
Evidence shows that with ABA Instruction, there are cases of children with autism successfully recovering and many leading functional independent lives.  Autism is a treatable medical condition and recovery is possible. For more information

Please contact our Head Office on  (011) 440 7796  or email us at if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Autism School Solution – Johannesburg, Durban & Pretoria

The first step is to set up an appointment to visit the Academy closest to where you live. The second step is to complete our intake paperwork. Once we have received your completed intake paperwork we will enter your information onto our waiting list.  If you do not live near any of our Academies, we may still be able to assist you with ABA services  and will put you in touch with our workshop services department.   Children receiving workshop services will be loaded onto the CARD Skills programme and the Star Academy will assist you in recruiting and training a team of ABA Instructors to implement your child’s programme in your area. On-going supervision is provided to children who receive workshop services.

The Star Academy is based in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. Our workshop services department services children around South Africa and Africa including Zimbabwe, Ghana and Mauritius.

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