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Apr 28 2013

Things you can do as a family for free


The Lost and Tired family is broke as a joke. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t find ways of having fun with the kids. 

Today, we took the boys to one of our local playgrounds and let them have at it.

They had a really good time and so did we.  The cost was very affordable, even on our limited budget. Everyone got some exercise and Lizze didn’t have to make her knee any worse.

Free fun is a great thing….. 

Do you have something that your family does for fun that is free? Please share it in the comments below.  :-)


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Mar 22 2013

Is this a crisis?


I spoke with Gavin this afternoon and he informed me that he had a drop in his heart rate today…but it went back to normal….well normal for him anyway.

My Mom called to let me know that Gavin has been

telling her that he is falling asleep in class again. 

Apparently, he feel asleep for an hour yesterday and a few minutes today. Gavin assumed that it was his medications that were the cause but that’s not the case. The medications that did change are not responsible for this.

Gavin told me,  “I was so tired in art class that I couldn’t pick my head up off my desk”.

That’s a problem because it’s less about being class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>tired and a whole lot more about being in another autonomic class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>crisis. While I wasn’t there when it happened, I’m pretty confident that’s what was going on. 

Gavin may actually feel class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>tired but in reality, his blood pressure and heart rate are crashing and so he’s not getting enough oxygen rich blood to his brain. It’s probably more accurate to describe what happened as passing out.

We have another wraparound meeting in the morning at the school.  This will be on the agenda for me and as a team, we’ll need to figure out what we need to do in order to manage these situations better.

Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder if school is too much for him. That’s been a concern for some time now. 

The list of shit that keeps happening just doesn’t ever end for us.  Gavin just can’t seem to catch a break.

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Jan 27 2013

Creating a Calm Down Room for Children with #Autism


This is a guest post, brought to you by the National Autism Resources

Creating a Calm Down Room for Children with Autism or Sensory Disorders.

As all parents know, dealing with a crying or agitated child is never fun. While each child and parent will have their own ways of resolving these situations, one thing that parents of Autistic kids do is create calm down rooms. When your child is over-excited, bringing them to a familiar, soothing location designed for their specific needs, may help them to relax, and can begin to bring them into a more serene state. However, certain sensory distractions may agitate them even more, so it is important to pay attention to what your child reacts to and doesn’t. Here are some types of sensory disorder calming rooms you can create and things that can help make them a calm place for your kids.

1. Calming Scents Room

One thing that can work extremely well in a calm down room are scents like vanilla or lavender. Numerous therapists and Autism experts recommend these and there are a ton of ways to help your child calm down. You can find scented stuffed animals, sheets and even scent kits like the Scents Sort Match-Up Kit which has 30 different scents in self sealing cups. Try to find a scent that can help your child to relax and then you can combine it with other stimulators to help them calm down and relax. Taking extra steps to help prevent meltdowns can mean the difference between a relaxing day wpid-Awareness.-Ribbon.jpgand a nightmare of a week.

2. A Touch Disorder Room

Tactile disorders can be the trickiest to deal with. The smallest things like a tag on pajamas or even a lump in a mattress can be a nightmare and prevent your child from a full night’s sleep and make their calming room as uncomfortable as sleeping on a bed of rocks. 3 things you should be cautious of when creating this room are any tags on sheets, mattresses or pajamas. Anything below the sleeping or sitting area or on the seat that could cause an unbalanced feeling or lump and any raised surfaces that won’t allow for a comfortable smooth or warm hug feeling. You can also use products that tend to work on many kids including crash mats combined with weighted blankets, weighted vests with a scented toy or even weighted lap pads and weighted shoulder wraps. These products help your child to feel warm and protected like they are getting a comforting bear hug.

3. Soothing Sounds Room

While everyone gets irritated over certain noises, those with Autism and sensory disorders may be particularly bothered by noises that many others might consider routine in their day. Something as simple as a dog barking outside or traffic noises can affect your kid like nails scratching down a chalk board would affect you. As a result, it may be important to ensure that only desired noises can make their way into the calming room.

Some children may require complete silence before they can relax which is where a white noise generator or noise cancelling headphones will be great. Other children do not require silence and even benefit from noises. These children may be soothed by meditation cds and sound machines. These combined with scents, weighted blankets for tactile disorders or even just with a soothing lamp can help your child calm down before a meltdown.

4. A Visually Calming Themed Room

While dimmed lighting or darkness can help many children relax, for children with visual sensory disorders even a nightlight can be enough to distract them and prevent them from calming down or relaxing. Small night lites can also become projectiles if your child is having a tantrum. If you are creating a room for children who are sensitive to visual stimulation, it is important to remove all bright colors and replace them with warm, deep and relaxing colors that can soothe them. You’ll also want to invest in a projection machine that can project calming patterns, shapes or even fluid liquids and motions.

One product that many have found success with is the Twilight Turtle. The Twilight Turtle projects constellations onto the ceiling while playing soothing noises and can even be combined with soothing scents. This all in one sensory toy is ideal for many kids that suffer from sensory disorders. If this does not help your child, there are a variety of products that may be more effective at calming them down. For example, there are volcano lamps, cherry blossom trees, and even a flowing, led jellyfish lamp that can relax your child and help them sleep.

5. Helping One Sense Isn’t Always Enough

Every child is unique, and as a result, their calm down rooms may have to be as well. It may help to have a variety of sensory tools to choose from in the calm down room. Figure out what helps your child to relax and try to rotate the products and things in your calming room so that it is familiar for them, but not something they have become used to and can lose its effectiveness.

When a child is extremely agitated, most parents’ priorities are to help them relax. In many cases, a calm down room may be the best way to do this. Bringing your child to a well-known and comfortable location that is fitted with the tools they need to relax may be the best way to soothe them. It’s always good to think about what works and doesn’t and keep a chart of these things. Then when creating the room or rotating products, you can have a better idea of what combinations work best. Tantrums can be exhausting for both parents and kids which is why a calm down room is an ideal solution if you have the space in your home.

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Aug 15 2012

I don’t see no stinkin’ veggies


The other day, I shared with you a bit about my super awesome, ultra healthy chicken noodle soup (see Can you see the veggies?). I explained that I was able to cram in a crap load of super healthy veggies and super picky kids will still eat it. 

I was mostly successful. Emmett and Gavin inhaled the soup and even had seconds. Elliott sat and whined because he was not having a good day and honestly, would have thumbed his nose up at McDonald’s in that moment.

I captured the amazing success with Emmett on film and I wanted to share with you how much he actually enjoyed his chicken noodle soup.

Keep in mind that the following veggies were physically present in the soup that the worlds pickiest eater, Emmett, was eating. :-)


Here is the list of all the super healthy,  vitamin packed veggies that my won’t know they’re eating.

1) One full package of baby spinach
2) One whole onion (large)
3) One full bundle of green onions
4) 2 lbs of baby carrots
5) 1 lb of fresh string beans (green)
6) 2 cups of fresh milled flax

Now for the proof:

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Aug 05 2012

I’m just to tired and overwhelmed


Typically I write with much for frequency and intent.  However,  lately I’ve been so tired that putting my thoughts in order is very difficult. 

I’m going to likely take the rest of today off and try to put things in order.

Lizze and I may have a chance to get out of the house,  without the boys.  She’s so overwhelmed that I want to give her as much of my attention as possible today.  She my best friend and I want to get her away for a few hours.

Thanks everyone for everything…

**Thanks for reading**

       -Lost and Tired

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Jun 01 2012

#Autism Spotlight: Miche Mozaix puzzle piece jewelry


I would like to introduce you to Miche Mozaix. This is a company that makes handmade jewelry ,home decor and art from Mosaic Tile. They are a local business, based out of Cleveland, Ohio. They make some pretty incredible stuff. They also make some amazing #Autism Awareness pieces as well. See some examples in the picture below.

What’s even cooler about this company and something that you don’t see very often, is that 100% of all puzzle piece jewelry sales benefit #Autism causes. One of those causes is Lost and Tired. Basically, anytime puzzle piece jewelry is purchased and the buyer adds “lost and tired” to the notes to seller, 20% of that sale goes to help the Lost and Tired family and Lost and Tired blog, including the Autism Help Forums. 

Now I want to share with you the absolute coolest part of this company, at least for me. I would like to introduce you to the Clay Sculpting Aficionado behind Miche Mozaix. 

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If you are looking for any type of handmade jewelry, home decor and art, created from Mosaic Tile, look no further. If you are looking for something to help spread #Autism Awareness, their puzzle piece jewelry is absolutely perfect. Not only will people stop and ask you about what your wearing, but you are also helping to support #Autism causes at the same time.

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