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Unique Talent Attributes versus Autistic Traits

Unique Talent Attributes versus Autistic Traits

“Unique Talent Attributes (UTA)” are distinguishing, often underappreciated abilities and talents,

found in a valuable minority of our population. Individuals can similarly have exceptional potential and skills, but also have significant difficulty in such areas as social and cognitive functioning. When labels as “autistic traits” or “Autism Spectrum” are inappropriately used, there can be unfavorable inferences or consequences.

I had an older brother who lived the best productive life he could. He was disadvantaged from birth with genetic and developmental differences that distinguished him from others in his age group.

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Mourning Pet Loss

Mourning Pet Loss

A Dream about the death of my dog Pepper:

In my dream, I was working at my desk, and I saw, my little Yorkie, Pepper, rolling and frolicking on the couch on his blanket. I got up and went over to rub his tummy, which he always loved when he was on his back. I got up, and as I approached him, I said, you have died and will disappear when I go to rub your tummy. To my surprise, he stayed on his back and let us both enjoy and relish my rubbing of his belly. I woke up realizing that my hands were rubbing on my own head and hair.

This article is dedicated to Pepper, our wonderful pet and companion for over 12 years, who died recently of a combination of old age and ill health. He was an adopted pet from an animal rescue program. Pepper came into our lives when he was about three years old. It was several years after my wife and I had lost an elderly standard poodle, Max. We were not going to get another pet as we did not want to take on the responsibility or endure the pain of another loss: Max was our fourth dog, and we were not looking for number five.

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Getting Better Organized and Tasks Done

Getting Better Organized and Tasks Done

Not getting tasks done or being able to stay on schedule is an obstacle to health, well-being, and career.

There are important issues and considerations – that if addressed – may decrease disorganization and the difficulty completing tasks.

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Meet Ron Parks, MD

Dr Ron ParksI am Dr. Ron Parks. a consultant, teacher, and writer for your support and interest in integrative psychiatry, medicine, and holistic therapies.

My health interests began as a child growing up in rural Maryland. After developing a high fever and stiff neck, I was diagnosed with polio and rushed to City Hospital for Children. I was treated naturally with heated wet packs for over a month until my health returned. This illness and successful treatment gave me a deep respect for natural and alternative therapies.

I feel blessed to have married my childhood sweetheart who shares many of the same interests in health, nutrition and community activities. My wife and son both assisted me in my practice throughout the years. I studied yoga and macrobiotics as a young medical doctor and gained an appreciation for the holistic and the spiritual qualities of good healthcare.

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