The Need for the Ziggurat Model

Top view, hands of mother holding hands of little autistic child making heart shape over colorful puzzle pieces. World autism awareness day, Caring & Understanding love concept.It’s common to wonder Will my child ever have friends? Will he ever be happy? What will happen to her after we’re gone? When will the next meltdown come?

Autism can be stressful for parents, teachers, and for the child or adult who’s living on the spectrum—who may regularly feel misunderstood, left out, or in a continual state of crisis.

But there is hope. You have tools available to you to reduce anxiety and stress, which can lead to less depression and fewer meltdowns and shutdowns. That’s the power of the Ziggurat Model.

Get to Know the Ziggurat Model

On-Demand Instruction on Your Schedule

The eight-week Ziggurat Model course is simple to implement and can be viewed from anywhere on any type of device. With your enrollment, you will receive:

• A Step-by-Step Action Plan Designed to Enact Change
• Weekly On-Demand Lessons that Fit Any Busy Schedule
• Online Community Support so You’ll Never Feel Alone
• Downloadable Resources to Guide You Through Every Step
• Certificate of Completion After Ten Hours of Instruction

Use Promo Code "fallspecial" and pay only $99 (that is $250 off the Regular Price!

The Ziggurat Model
Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4

Developed by two accomplished psychologists, the model aims to simplify the process of helping an autistic child or adult.

  • Assess underlying needs and strengths.

  • Identify priorities to begin change.

  • Develop a plan with five levels of support.

  • Implement the plan to make a difference.

Watch Intro Video

Watch How The Ziggurat Model
Helps Teachers and Parents



If you're a teacher, you don't want your students to lose any time—
but you may also wonder if you have the skills to help a student
challenged by autism.

If you're the parent of an autistic child, you want your child to live
the most fulfilling life possible—but you might feel helpless at times.

The Ziggurat Model's Founders

Meet the licensed psychologists who have created the Ziggurat Model and used it to help educators, families, and therapists for more than 15 years.

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.

Dr. Aspy specializes in transdisciplinary assessment and support for individuals on the spectrum. She believes that focusing on behavior has limited benefits. Understanding and addressing underlying needs is the key to real change. Dr. Aspy says that kindness is at the heart of all good support strategies.

Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D.

Dr. Grossman specializes in counseling for those on the spectrum, as well as their families. He teaches that supports and strategies cannot be successful unless they are comprehensive, including the five key steps of the Ziggurat Model.

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