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Petunia

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I am a mother to three gorgeous kids, the youngest of which has Aspergers Syndrome. This is my attempt to chart the journey we have taken together and share with you how autism has effected our lives... If you had told me a year ago that our lives would be so good now I don't think I'd have... Full Bio
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What would you do... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Like a relentless nagging whining child, a question keeps running through my head in the style of the National Lottery advertising campaign where we w ... Read on »
If you fall over and break a leg, don't come running to me! by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum In a  very Irish manner and like most Irish mammies I find it difficult to emulate empathy.  If you fall and hurt yourself, I will first look to find blame with you and see ... Read on »
Looking Back to Move Forward by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I'm struggling.  Finding things very difficult the last six months or so.  Not because of the kids or anyone else, just fighting my own demons and trying to keep the Dark D ... Read on »
Pick Your Battles by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Has it really been a year since I last blogged?  I guess so... So what has dragged me out of hibernation and compelled me to put my thoughts on virtual pap ... Read on »
My name is Petunia and I am a... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I'm thinking of joining AA... no, not Alcoholics Anonymous but Apple Anonymous! At last count in this house we had three iPhones, an iTouch and the latest ad ... Read on »
From both sides of the fence... I'm Angry by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I woke up this morning feeling like two of the Seven Dwarfs... a little bit Dopey due to the confusion as to why our Government has let the most vulnerable in our socie ... Read on »
Grieving? But no-one died? by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I recently did studies on the grief process and the different stages involved as part of my course and got to thinking how applicable this process is when you ... Read on »
A letter to my daughter by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum My darling Munchkin, As I lay with you in my arms tonight holding you tight as you needed your "huggles", I delighted in the feel of my arms wrapped tightly arou ... Read on »
Whats worked for Munchkin? by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Its been a while since I blogged. For various reasons I've neglected my blog and apologise to anyone who may have been following to see Munchkins progress. I'll ... Read on »
Never Too Late To Educate... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The sun has set on the Summer and mothers and fathers all over Ireland are breathing a collective sigh of relief that the little monsters, sorry our beloved offspr ... Read on »
Pack Up Your Worries..... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Did you ever feel like just running away... just packing a case and leaving all your troubles behind? Well I finally did it. After a chat with Mum and say ... Read on »
Better than The Brady Bunch :) by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Many of my blog readers will be sick of reading how important it is to have friends that "get it" and have heard me wax lyrical on many occasions about the friends I ... Read on »
And in The Blue Corner... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Its been another busy month filled with twists and turns along the way. We finally had the verdict from our private assessment done back in February after a drawn ... Read on »
Jump? Sure... How High? by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Gosh its been a while since I blogged last... I've been busy training for the circus you see. Laugh as you might, I think I may have qualified as an acrobat ... Read on »
Mother of an Adult.. A New Era has begun... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Ok, who decided that at the age of eighteen you become an "adult"... seriously, who actually thinks that eighteen year olds are mature enough to be able to vote, drin ... Read on »
My Child is not a Stereotype... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Its Autism Awareness Month, and I've realised lately how my own perceptions of ASD have changed over the years, and how easy it is to mentally file things into ster ... Read on »
The Power of Reinforcement by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum I've struggled lately to blog, really struggled trying to think of something to write about and the realisation hit me that this was because I had started to wri ... Read on »
Happiness is..... by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum The lovely Jen from The King & I has tagged me on her blog for a Happiness Award which I get if I tell you all ten things that make me happy everyday. B ... Read on »
If you're happy and you know it flap your hands :) by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum We are finally on the mend in the house after a few weeks of coughs and colds which turned into bronchiolitis which meant antibiotics and the new challenge of Munchkin ... Read on »
What happened my Picket Fence?? by Petunia Posted in: Blog Posts in Autism & Autism Spectrum Oh dear God... the grass is growing... Why does this not make me happy? Spring is finally here and the days are getting longer, the weather is improving and the daffo ... Read on »