• The Star Academy School for Autsim South Africa
  • The Star Academy School of Autsim South Africa
  • The Star Academy School of Autsim South Africa
  • The Star Academy School of Autsim South Africa

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 an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a related disorder diagnosis we can assist you. We hope to empower you with the information to assist you in making decisions regarding treatment options. 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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All you need to do is complete our intake paperwork and set up an appointment to visit The Star Academy closest to you.  Your child can also participate in a free assessment that will identify the perfect starting point for the programme. To make an appointment please email info@thestaracademy.co.za.

Treatment for Autism and Related Disorders

The Star Academy is an affiliate of the USA based Centre for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), world leaders in autism treatment. Our organisation was established in 2009 and provides tailor made Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programs to children on the Autism Spectrum.  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.

Challenging behaviours are addressed by implementing a behaviour 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 20 months to 17 years old.

Autism Intervention – Enrol Now

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.

Please contact our Head Office on  (011) 440 7640  or email us at info@thestaracademy.co.za if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.

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 www.promptinstitute.com 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  http://www.thestaracademy.co.za/autism-videos/

For all enquiries please contact head office on +27(0)11 440 7796

Email: info@thestaracademy.co.za

Durban North

47 Chelsea Drive,
Durban North,

Highlands North

96 6th Avenue,
Highlands North,


80 Athol Street,


275 Melk Street,