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I Am Moving Blogs

The blog The Trials and Tribulations of the Savettes is now moving we have a new home as well as a new name It has changed to Savette.com

Thank you for reading and following the Trials and Tribulations of the Savettes you have all help make it into a popular blog thank you and I hope it has helped some of you as well.

The blog will still be here but no more new posts will be added.

If anyone is linked up to this blog and you wish to still link up on the new blog can you let me know thanks

Hope you come and enjoy Savette.com

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Why I Started #Specialsaturday

As some of you will know as you see the #specialsaturday I have started a new way to try and raise awareness of special needs a cause very very close to me heart as a mum to 3 special needs children. As a result of this it has also opened up a new blog for me to host the posts of #specialsaturday the new blog is for special needs

Why did I start #specialsaturday, well there are several reasons the main was when this happened to my 4-year-old daughter who has special needs wasn’t invited to a birthday party you can read that post here >> Why are parents so hurtful this just didn’t happen once but twice in as many weeks talk about a devastated little girl. She was that upset she ran out of the front door down the street, luckily she stopped but with no concept of danger it could have been a very different story all over an invite , very sad isn’t it . Then there was this status I was sent on Facebook summed it all up nicely .

Next time you see a child ‘misbehaving’ or hear a child screaming please stop and think ‘could that child have special needs or sensory issues?’. Please spare a thought for the child who struggles to stay calm and regulated and for the parents who are constantly stared at, judged and criticized.

I had an incident in the summer that highlighted this

The best bit was there was a lady in a wheelchair you know what really got me that people moved for this lady because she was in the wheelchair. They came past us and Pinkie wouldn’t move out-of-the-way . This woman had the cheek to say ” can you move, can’t you see I am disabled ” . I thought what ………… I have my 4-year-old daughter here that is maybe just as disabled who can’t walk very far but because she looks normal nobody takes any notice. To them she is just a very naughty girl.

so many people are very quick to judge without knowing the full story. In everyday life we get this as well playgrounds are the worse areas I find for bigots and people being judgemental.

Do you realise how hurt and upset your actions make parents like me feel. I myself, feel like I am a second class citizen that is not worth people talking to. i stand in the playground wishing for the door to open so I can get away from all of you and back to security of my own home. I am not ashamed of my kids or their conditions because thats what makes them so unique. If you can’t handle that fact then that is your problem, not mine

So to try to stop parents and children going through all this which I have to say is not very nice and totally upsetting. I started #specialsaturday so it allows parents to show case the positive points of special needs and the achievements that these special angels can and do achieve. So come on and learn about special needs it might make a life time of difference to someone. Please support #specialsaturday if you don’t put a post up please use the hashtag -#specialsaturday on any of your tweets. Lets get people start talking about special needs.

Time For A Change

I have been thinking about my blog for a while ways of improving it. Well after having a chat with some lovely people on twitter I think its time for change. All the comments on the blog are the same people not only use it as a blog but a resource as well do you that’s a big compliment that you use my blog like that thank you.

Anyway some of the changes I was thinking about is firstly the name, the name is a bit long and to be honest I never expected the blog to take off as much as it did. The jury is still out on the name lol.
So with a new name comes a new look very exciting.

Then what do people think about a forum so parents can come and chat and help each other, either on this blog of the forspecialneeds blog.

Did think about combining the 2 blogs but think it would work better having 2 separate ones.

what else would people like to see on my blog do you like the ideas of reviews being on there , I think this gives you ideas of what is available and how special needs children benefit/use them.

Please let me know what you think I would love to hear your suggestions and ideas

A lightbulb Moment

It’s strange how one minute you can think of things then all of a sudden out of the blue you have a lightbulb moment and everything is crystal clear.

For weeks I have been struggling with not getting picked for reviews. I wanted to be taken seriously as a blogger and thought you had to tons of reviews to do it. I know my blog is different from other parenting blogs as I write specifically about autism and special needs, to be honest I didn’t think it would get many readers but these last few months have proved me wrong. In November I was in the wikio parenting rankings at 18,000 yes you read that right. December it jumped up to a ranking of 180 , January it was ranked at 38, February it was ranked at 50. Now to be this is great as it shows people are reading more about autism/special needs. Then I thought if I do all the reviews going perhaps it would be ranked higher.

Yesterday we were travelling back from a day out and I thought, why am I doing all these reviews?, what difference does it make how many read the blog?. I didn’t write the blog for the kudos my blog is all about helping people. Out there in cyberland there are hundreds of parents in the same position as me. Some scared, lonely, isolated, it these sorts of people I WANT to help. I remember when my son was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old , how scared,angry and upset I was. I needed to talk to people . I read all the books going but all I wanted was someone who had been through it so I could relate to what they were saying.

I think I had lost my passion and mojo to write my blog and had got caught up in all the rankings etc, instead of why I love blogging. I would still love to review things, who doesn’t like trying new things out. I have been really lucky and tested some very nice things. I think though its time to get back to basics and start to feel passionate about writing my blog rather than thinking I must do a blog post.

Shoutout saturday

I am trying to put an idea together to promote awareness of autism/special needs etc.

The way I am trying to do this is by #shoutoutsaturday on twitter.

I would like people to write a positive thing about these special children, could be a quirk, something they have achieved, special moment etc, can you see what I mean.

You can link it up to my blog I will link it back to you .

I have a new blog for Shoutout Saturday which has the hosting and domain donated by Trabasack

So what do you think , would you like to join in I will get it all set up for a week on saturday. This is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike as |I will link you to twitter etc.

If you want to join in please let me know at @savvymum4autism or leave a comment below thanks

My First Time To Be A Lovey- My Thank you speech

My Thank you speech to all that have made this possible

I would just like to say thanks to all the letters on this keyboard that have made it possible for me to touch and connect with them to make this page.
Also thanks to this page for being such a great friend and support, even though we sometimes go wrong my page never lets me down.
Oh and sob thank you so much to all the links without you this page would not exist.
Thank you to all my teachers that through the years have sat me down and taught me to spell so that I can at least write and spell these words.
Last but not least my great friend spell checker you have saved me from some tough times.

No I haven’t lost the plot I have been given an award

I received my lovely award from the lovely Beth who blogs at Bethan-No-Y

The “Rules”:
1. Thank and link back to who gave you the award- Beth Thank you for the award xxx

2. Share 7 things about yourself

1. I am very musical I can play the guitar from acoustic to bass. I play the Keyboard , do a few rhythms on the drums

2. I love Carry On films and On The Buses love that sort of humour

3. I am a big Johnny Depp fan especially as Jack Sparrow I love Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy they are my favourite films

4 I’m half Sicilian (Italian) and have lived in Sicily when I was younger.

5. I trained to be a missionary when I was 16 and was asked to go to the Philippines but my grandparents said no I was too young.

6. Had my own child minding business for a few years and loved it.

7. A good cook well hubby and kids think so.

3. Pass it along to blogs you’ve recently discovered and enjoy:

My first is Curly and Candid – its funny and to the point at times a great read

My second is Not Even A Bag of Sugar – it’s so true to life , you can relate to the posts and very well written

My third Autism Father – here is a father trying to show people what it is like to live with a child that’s autistic a very interesting read

My fourth Rainbow over the wall – a great read of life with an autistic child. Very funny and very insightful

4. Leave your recipients a note, telling them about the award.10 Questions:

1. Why did you create this blog?
It was in the summer I was having a tough time with the kids and was just writing what I felt down. Then soon people starting following it and reading in July 2010 The Trials and Tribulations of the Sav-ettes was born. If my blog helps one person understand autism/special needs it is worth it.

2. What kind of blog do you follow?
Any that appeals to me, a lot are blogs of parents of autistic kids that’s because we have a common ground.

3. Favorite Makeup Brand
I’m afraid I’ve never done make-up.

4. Favorite Clothing Brand
I haven’t really got one just what ever I am comfortable in.

5. Your Indispensable Makeup Product
N/A

6. Your Favourite Color
Purple any shade of it I just love purple and blue

7. Your Favourite Perfume
Hugo Boss Red

8. Your Favourite Film
Pirates of the Caribbean

9. What country would you like to visit and why?
I would love to take the kids to Disney one day they would love it

10. Are you a Cat or Dog person?
I love Dogs and I have just got a labrador puppy

My Ideas/Goals For 2011

As some of you know 2010 was a very tough year for me one way or the other. Lots of things happened and it was almost the straw that broke the camels back. I had a few massive meltdowns that set me back a bit. Anyway I learnt from it all and as they say onwards and upwards. That was 2010 now onto to 2011.

What would I like to achieve by the end of 2011, mmm let me think

1. That we finally get a diagnosis for Little Gnome so I know what I am working with all I know is neurological problems with low muscle tone.
I have my own ideas what it can be but will be nice to finally find out either way he is still my gorgeous little gnome.

2. To do more exercise as I have unstable blood pressure and I would love to come of these BP tablets once and for all. So my idea is that I take the dog for walks with one of the kids to have some one to one time with kids at the same time.

3. Is to make more people aware of autism/special needs and the special angels. I have an idea what do you think.

Some of us on twitter are thinking of doing a Christmas in August to raise awareness. The sort of thing we are thinking of is maybe getting people to hold a party whether it be with few people or a lot of people. Then get the people to tweet about the party and blog all under the umbrella of raising awareness.The party idea is all from Pinkie being excluded from school parties.
Would you like to join in please comment below.

4. Be the best mum I can be to the kids because at the minute I sometimes get very cross with them I forget that they can’t help what they do and say. It just gets to me at times.

I think that’s the lot I can think of a lot more but I couldn’t guarantee I honour them.

I will continue to blog this year, whats that I hear an OH NO !!!! lol