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The Ziggurat Model: A Framework for Designing Comprehensive Interventions for Individuals with High-functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome Paperback – 1 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Co,US; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931282366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931282369
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,446,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Ziggurat Model: An In-depth and Comprehensive Approach 9 Mar. 2007
By Susan B. Jamieson - Published on
I am so excited to see the release of The Ziggurat Model! This book is clearly the result of a combination of a thorough knowledge of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a deep understanding of the complexity of the problem-solving that is needed to craft truly effective interventions, and the passion of the authors to assist educators, parents, caretakers, and service providers in finding answers about how to better meet the needs of individuals on the spectrum. Having worked for over 30 years as a special education professional with a wide variety of children with ASD, my observation is that the students face some of the greatest challenges of any disability group in receiving and benefiting from their instruction and in benefiting from the day-to-day opportunities of the world around them. The professionals, paraprofessionals, and parents face equal challenges in knowing how and learning how to meet the needs of this group of individuals. The Ziggurat Model provides a well-conceived and systematic approach to problem-solving the learning challenges we face with this ever-growing population in the schools (currently 1 in every 150 children).

Being a very practical and "do-able" approach, parents and professionals can work together to apply the Ziggurat Model to any student (client) on the spectrum to design interventions that have a high potential for success. The framework utilizes specific individual characteristics and key information relating to the student's disability, learning preferences, and needs to address critical factors and determine instructional/intervention needs.

I love the clear way the text is laid out, the thoroughness with which autism spectrum disorders are described and explained, and how the descriptions are linked to the accepted DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) criteria. The use of the iceberg model to explain the characteristics of the disorder helps build the logic for the way the Ziggurat has been designed. The five critical levels provide a brilliant way to lay out the salient factors that lead to the conclusions about what to do next. The visual model is easy to follow, logical, and comprehensive in scope. The assessment tools, worksheets, vignettes and applications provide rich support for the technical explanations, making the model come alive, and showing its broad applicability.

Kudos to the authors for an incredibly valuable labor of love, dedicated to a group of individuals who need and deserve all the love and support that they can get! Well done!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Ziggurat Model: An Observant Person's Perspective 12 Mar. 2007
By William Guess - Published on
I own my own copy of this fabulous, very hands-on approach to understanding what in the world autism and Asperger syndrome even mean. I am a Mom very integrated into a world of other families through relationships with other parents and their children. My main interaction comes from dealing with children through being a childcare provider through my church. Our church is on the larger side--taking care of around 1,000 children a week. We regularly are called on to provide childcare for children who have been recognized as falling into "autistic" and "Asperger's" categories. As someone who wants to provide excellent care for each child who comes into our classrooms, it is becoming more and more necessary to understand what it means to be "autistic" and to have "Asperger's syndrome." Some parents are able to suggest some things that can make their child's stay easier for him/her, but others simply leave their child with no instructions. The way that Ruth Aspy and Barry Grossman have designed their diagnostic and interventive model of understanding and then appropriately interacting with these children is so practical. Just this morning, another mother in our Mom's group at church put a request out on our Mom's website asking for help in understanding what "autistic" means because her sibling had just had a 4-year-old child diagnosed with this disorder, and the family is just dismayed and confused about what it all means. This is a situation I've heard about over and over. The need for a practical understanding of the underlying causes, and appropriate interventions for giving each person a way to have the greatest chance to experience life at its fullest, is what The Ziggurat Model addresses so effectively. Thank you, Ruth and Barry, for providing for those of us who haven't known what we ought, to be able to have the knowledge to care as optimally as we can, for those we want to love, as well as we can.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Ziggurat Model: A Necessity for Parents, Teachers, Professionals 17 Mar. 2007
By Penny C. Woods - Published on
Brilliant! Finally someone has developed an approach that allows you to design individualized interventions for students with HFA/AS addressing all areas of need. This book provides tools to assess underlying characteristics and move forward to create individualized interventions to address specific behaviors or a general program. I love how the Ziggurat Model focuses on proactive strategies and positive approaches to intervention. Dr. Aspy and Dr. Grossman also incorporate proven strategies from the field of Autism at each level of the Intervention Ziggurat, summarizing research support for the strategies. The beauty of this book is that it provides a way to look at a student's needs and make decisions about designing appropriate interventions. I wish I had had this resource when I was in the classroom. I feel it would have helped me to be a better teacher by being able to design a more appropriate, more comprehensive program for my students with HFA/AS. Thank you, Dr. Aspy and Dr. Grossman, for the time and dedication it has taken to develop this approach and share it with other professionals. I truly believe the Ziggurat Model will make a difference in the lives of all children with HFA/AS whose teachers and parents choose to embrace it!
8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Very disappointed 13 Dec. 2007
By Celtic Mother - Published on
I am extremely disappointed. The checklists reflect a disrespect for children with autism, before ever getting into the rationale behind any therapies or interventions. The fact that the "case sample" contains a teacher's personal judgement that, in effect, blames the child for their disability is appalling. To have the conclusion of a hypothetical or actual teacher, i.e., the child is a "sore loser" appear in a sample of what other teachers should note is so far out of line with what is even legal it made my skin crawl. A teacher, an aide, or even a psychologist (and in this case it is apparently acceptable to the authors) is obligated to evaluate the child for adaptaions and accomodations for their disability so they can learn, not pass judgement on the child as having failed by virtue of a character flaw.

I was too disgusted by the materials to even finish reading the program. I have a grandchild with autism. Despite these "characteristics", i.e., hand-flapping, repetitive behaviors, inattention, grimacing, etc appearing in the DSM as the symptoms of autism, it is our experience they are the symptoms of injury and illness. Severe allergies, nutritional deficiencies and severe gut disease were the underlying cause for what the authors term underlying characteristics. Eliminating allergens, treating his damaged gut and supplementing lost nutrition has erased our grandsons "characteristics". Not modifying his behavior to supress the expression of pain, not creating a reward system for accomplishing that suppression being still and quiet. It is unconscionable this program does not even acknowledge thse behaviors are likely caused by their reaction to pain.

It's not a framework that teaches a teacher or parent how to help the child. Its a framework for the teacher or parent to make the child stop communicating that something more is wrong than what is on the surface.
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