AAPC Introduces The Ziggurat Model 2.0, Updated and Expanded to Include the New Underlying Characteristics Checklist-Early Intervention (UCC-EI)

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The Ziggurat Model 2.0, for individuals across the spectrum and across the lifespan, is now even more fine-tuned for early intervention. The new UCC-EI, the latest underlying characteristics checklist, now makes the Ziggurat Model applicable across the lifespan.

Already a “classic,” the Ziggurat Model: A Framework for Designing Comprehensive Interventions for High-Functioning Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Release 2.0 has been updated and expanded with the latest research and the addition a new version of the Underlying Characteristics Checklist, the Underlying Checklist for Early Intervention (UCC-EI). The UCC and the Ziggurat Model work in tandem to develop a program that is based on individual needs and uses the best practices in the field.

Underlying Characteristic Checklist (UCC) Series

New! UCC-EI – intended for infants through 72 months, useful for identifying targets for early intervention services.

New! Underlying Characteristics User Manual (CD) – presents directions for using all three Underlying Characteristic Checklists: UCC-CL, UCC-HF, and the UCC-EI. Also includes the Individual Strengths and Skills Inventory found in the Ziggurat Model book.

UCC-CL – intended for those who present more classic autism characteristics. The term “classic” is used to describe individuals who have significant cognitive and speech-language challenges.

UCC-HF – intended for individuals who are high functioning, including those with Asperger Syndrome.

Recent trends in special education law emphasize the use of scientifically based research approaches along with a focus on Response to Intervention (RTI). Additionally, there is a strong push in our schools for incorporating positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) based on a functional behavioral assessment. The Ziggurat Model, along with the Underlying Characteristics Checklist, is consistent with these practices.

To receive a copy of The Ziggurat Model 2.0 or Underlying Characteristics Checklist-Early Intervention (UCC-EI), or to set up an interview with Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., and Barry G. Grossman, Ph.D., contact AAPC Marketing at aapcinfo(at)aapcpublishing(dot)net.

Ruth Aspy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and author. She received her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University and specializes in assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Ruth 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 received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and provides assessment and consultation services in public schools as well as staff development. Barry is an author and speaks nationally. He co-created the Ziggurat Model, which has been adopted at district and statewide levels.

Established in 1999, the mission AAPC Publishing is to be the first source for practical solutions related to autism spectrum and related disorders. We are an independent publisher, targeting professionals and parents alike. We strive to offer publications at affordable prices so that important resources will not be off limits to anyone with an interest in the autism spectrum.


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