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John M. Ortiz, PhD


The Asperger's Syndrome Institute

John M. Ortiz, PhD, was the director and founder of The Asperger’s Syndrome Institute and The Institute of Applied Psychomusicology® until his passing in 2012. A licensed psychologist, consultant, musician, composer, certified clinical hypnotist and psycho-educational trainer, he is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Ortiz’s work with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders and NLD took an integral, strength-based approach emphasizing socio-cultural, neuro-biological, and developmental influences, as well as cognitive, behavioral and affective components.

His publications include the books: The Five Umbrellas: A Strength-Based Framework for Persons with Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, & Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (2010); Asperger, Autism and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder: Screening, Assessing and Diagnosing (2008); The Gifts of Asperger; My Kitty Catsberger; the best-selling The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology; Nurturing Your Child with Music;and audio CDs The Soothing Pulse®, Turning Daydreams to Dreams, and It’s Sleepy Time! He was an active member of various professional organizations including the American Psychological Association and the American Music Therapy Association. Dr. Ortiz earned his PhD from Penn State University; MS from Nova University; and BS from Virginia Commonwealth University.