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The Ziggurat Model

A Framework for Designing Comprehensive Interventions for Individuals with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Second Edition

Ruth Aspy (author) Barry Grossman (author)

ISBN: 9781934575949

Publication Date: Dec 2011

Format: Paperback

The Ziggurat Model, for individuals across the spectrum and across the lifespan, is now even more fine-tuned for early intervention. It iIncludes the latest autism research, a new Underlying Characteristics Checklist for Early Intervention, UCC-EI, and is backed by a comprehensive case study. This version of the critically acclaimed Ziggurat Model also offers a special section on how to integrate it with The Comprehensive Autism Planning System.

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The Ziggurat Model, for individuals across the spectrum and across the lifespan, is now even more fine-tuned for early intervention. This book presents a process and framework for designing interventions for individuals of all ages with ASD while staying consistent with current special education trends, including response to intervention (RTI), evidence-based practices, and positive behavioral supports. The Ziggurat Model 2.0 is newly updated and expanded with the latest research and a new version of the Underlying Characteristics Checklist for Early Intervention (UCC-EI), in addition to UCC-HF and UCC-CL for individuals with higher functioning and classic autism, respectively.

The Ziggurat Model 2.0 provides instructors with:
  • Core topics related to autism spectrum and related disabilities
  • Evidence-based materials and practical applications for school, home and community
  • Authors who are experts in the field of autism spectrum disorders.

If you're teaching a college course or preparing for an in-house training, turn to The Ziggurat Model 2.0 to cover intervention strategies/comprehensive planning.


"A practical and helpful book that provides a comprehensive approach to intervention for more able individuals with autism and Asperger Syndrome. The book is enhanced by the use of cases and diagrams and has a practical orientation. It will be of great benefit to professionals and parents alike." –Fred R. Volkmar, MD, director, Child Study Center, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief, Child Psychiatry, Children's Hospital at Yale New Haven.

"With the Ziggurat Model of Intervention, Drs. Aspy and Grossman have synthesized the research on program planning and functional behavior assessment into a useful and user-friendly decision model leading to the development of truly comprehensive, functionally determined educational and behavior support plans. Highly recommended." –Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD, president, Organization for Autism Research

"Comprehensive and well-researched, but also understandable and accessible, the ZM addresses the multi-faceted needs of children with AS and HFA in the school setting. Its very premise is that while there are commonalities, the characteristics of autism impact every student differently. This program is ingenious in that it creates an individualized plan and a framework in which to implement it. It is a well-oiled mechanism that smooths the wrinkles out of the school day for every child. In addition, as a parent it's exciting for me to think of the multitude of ways we can further use the information we gain about our kids through, for example, using the UCC (Underlying Characteristics Checklist). The ZM is not merely a support system, but a celebration of what is unique about our kids on the spectrum and a springboard for their future." –Kristi Sakai, mother of three with Asperger Syndrome and author of Finding Our Way!
Pages 390
Date Published 30 Dec 2011
Publisher AAPC Publishing
Subject/s Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)  
Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and author. She specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Aspy is co-creator of the Ziggurat Model and speaks nationally on this and other topics. She has experience in both clinical and school settings.

Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He provides assessment and consultation services in the public schools as well as staff development. Dr. Grossman is an author and speaks nationally. He co-created the Ziggurat Model, which has been adopted at district- and statewide levels.

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