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The Ziggurat Model Framework for Developing Strategies and Supports for Autistic Individuals: Improving Mental Health and Life Course

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Ruth Aspy, PhD |  Barry Grossman, PhD
1 Hour 34 Minutes
Apr 06, 2022
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Join Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., and Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D., co-authors of The Ziggurat Model, as they teach you how to simplify the complex process for designing comprehensive interventions for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorders. You’ll learn how to apply this model in mental health and other therapeutic settings to adapt strategies and develop treatment plans that are responsive to the underlying autism.

You’ll learn how to individualize strategies in order to effectively address educational, social-communication, and behavioural needs. The focal point of the assessment-driven model is a five-tiered research-centred system that capitalizes on strengths to address underlying needs. And, most importantly, when taught to autistics, the model is an effective self-help tool!



This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



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Barry Grossman, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and author. He specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Grossman, along with Dr. Aspy, wrote, The Ziggurat Model - a book on designing interventions for students with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. He and his co-author present on this model nationally. The Ziggurat Model has been adopted at the district-wide and state-wide levels.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Barry Grossman is the co-owner of the Ziggurat Group. He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Grossman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Barry Grossman is a member of the American Psychological Association.

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  1. Modify common strategies and techniques in order to support autistic individuals.
  2. Utilize specially designed assessment tools to identify the relationship of underlying characteristics of ASD with observable behaviour, for example the underlying characteristics (UCC) and individual strengths and skills (ISSI).
  3. Develop strategies and supports based on the five levels of the Ziggurat Model.


Consider Autism
  • How autism impacts the process of seeking professional support, in a neurotypical world
See Their Autism
  • Identify strengths and needs of an individual
  • The Underlying Characteristics Checklist/Individual Strengths and Skills Inventory
Five Questions to Ask
  • Adapt services to address underlying autism
Create a Five Level Ziggurat Treatment/Support Plan

Target Audience

  • Psychologists 
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 
  • Speech-Language Pathologists 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 
  • School Administrators 


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