OBITUARY: John M. Ortiz – Founder, Aspergers Syndrome Institute – East Berlin, PA

john-ortiz-aspergers-syndrome-instituteUntil his death on April 11th, 2012 following a long illness, John M. Ortiz, Ph.D. was the director and founder of The Asperger’s Syndrome Institute.® A licensed psychologist, consultant, musician, composer, certified clinical hypnotist and psycho-educational trainer, he was listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

His international lectures and texts on Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, High-Functioning Autism, and Neurodevelopmental disorders were based on over twenty years of work with autism spectrum and related conditions and over a dozen years specializing in Asperger’s Syndrome, neurodevelopmental, and genetic disorders.

A psychologist with extensive clinical, research and consultation experience, his lectures brought a multi-disciplinary, integral approach to understanding and serving these challenging, highly rewarding populations.

Also the founder of the Institute of Applied Psychomusicology®, his work also incorporated elements from the creative arts in general, and his books, The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology (1998 Small Press Book Award in Self Help/Psychology), and Nurturing Your Child with Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart and Confident Children (2000) in particular.

A brilliant author, lecturer and composer, the legacy of his many books and audio recordings document his life’s work and passionate advocacy for Sound Psychology and for those living with Autism and Asperger’s.

Deeply invested in current research and promoting education he served on the senior faculty at Cambridge College’s National Institute of Teaching Excellence (1996-2004) and the editorial board of the American Counseling Association’s Journal of Counseling and Development between 1995-1998. He was an active member of various professional organizations including the American Psychological and American Music Therapy Associations.

More recently, since 1992, he specialized in serving children, teens, and adults presenting with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, and related conditions. His eclectic and far reaching work with these populations involved direct clinical service, assessment and evaluation, multi-disciplinary team coordination and instruction, research, professional training and lecturing, mentoring and supervision, and consultation with schools, universities, medical and psychotherapeutic facilities, mental health agencies, parents and caregivers, and others who serve these immensely gratifying, fascinating persons.

No service will be held. Donations in Dr. Ortiz’s memory may be made to the Asperger and Autism charity of your choice.