Stages Creates New Curriculum for Children with Autism: The Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS)

Stages Learning Materials, creators of the top-selling autism education product, the Language Builder Picture Cards, has just released a new curriculum specially designed to meet the needs of students with moderate to severe Autism Spectrum Disorders.


San Diego, CA – December 10, 2019

Based on the principles of ABA therapy, and adapted for the classroom, Language Builder: Academic Readiness Intervention System (ARIS) combines Language Builder Picture Card sets with Language Builder Blocks, 2D-3D manipulatives, lesson plans, data keeping sheets, home communication sheets, and a comprehensive program manual.  These tools create the most complete Early Autism Education curriculum available today.

Language Builder Picture Cards from Stages Learning Materials have been a staple in Autism, ABA and Special Needs programs for more than 20 years. Numerous research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of Language Builder Materials in the classroom. By combining a full ABA and autism curriculum kit with all of the Language Builder Materials, lessons, manipulatives, and behavior management tools, teachers and therapists have everything they need to immediately dive in and help children with autism develop new language and behavioral skills.

“ARIS is anchored in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and adapted to be easily implemented by educators without formal ABA training” said Angela Nelson, CEO of Stages Learning Materials. “One of the goals of ARIS,” Nelson added, “is to help educators adapt lessons to individual students and to a variety of learning environments while making sure that there are no gaps in the student’s progress toward academic readiness.”

ARIS includes 202 comprehensive lessons with step-by-step instructions for teachers and parents and also provides “whole child” activities to reinforce learning. The curriculum includes a Scope and Sequence with structured sequence guide, 1200 Photo Flashcards, 50 wooden blocks with structure cards and iPad App, data-keeping sheets, home communication sheets, behavior management forms and pre- and post-assessments. ARIS also comes with 64 realistic wooden and plastic figurines with matching cards, and blackline masters for activity sheets for children with autism.

Researchers choose to use the Language Builder Picture Cards because they are designed specifically for ABA education of children with autism and other language delays and provide a consistent tool to assist researchers in fine-tuning recommended practices. ARIS is based on years of research on autism education and on the effectiveness of the Language Builder teaching tools. The lessons in ARIS follow a standards-based learning progression created by correlating to the Common Core, Office of Head Start, ABLLS-R, VB-MAPP.


Read more about ARIS on our site here and to download our research based White Paper.


About Stages Learning Materials

Stages Learning Materials was founded by a UCLA-trained ABA Therapist in 1997, when autism diagnoses first began to rise. Its top-selling autism education product, the Language Builder Picture Cards, was designed to specifically meet the learning needs of the individual with autism. The Language Builder Series has become a staple in home and school programs across the world. Today, Stages offers a full range of real photo-based products as well as numerous Apps including the Language Builder App. Visit for more information.


Media contact: Angela Nelson: (530) 892-1112;