Utah Easy to Love was founded by Jennifer Levy & Lindsay Bartholomew after meeting at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City, UT. After chatting over coffee about our children and their diagnosis, the ups and downs and the similar at home battles we were facing, we both felt so much better. We both were seeking a safe place to talk about the struggle to keep our kiddos regulated, keep our families running and keep our selves sane. We found that even though our children had different diagnosis our paths were very similar. That realization started our search for a support group, somewhere to ask the questions about good pediatricians and Occupational Therapist and meet with people who “got it”. We found out very quickly that nothing like this existed and after months of putting it off, finally decided to just jump in and start the group. Our first group was help July 2011 in Salt Lake City, since then we have expanded into Davis County, offer family activities, workshops, holiday parties and a parent retreat each summer. Our goal is to create a community for families raising these “Easy to Love hard to Raise” children, a safe place with like-minded people who really understand the day to day struggles.
Easy to Love is thrilled to announce that we have officially become a 501 c 3 non-profit organization and are excited about all the opportunities this will bring to our group. We have plans for expansion into other areas in and around Utah, offer more trainings and workshops and fun free or low cost activities for families.
I am a happily married Mom of two active little boys. One "typical" 7 year old (Greyson) and one not so typical, high-functioning autistic, 6 year old. We didn't start to notice problems with Hudson until he turned 2. Then the issues started. We had a speech delay, but thought that that was just typical 2nd child development, but we could not ignore the sensory issues he was having. 1 year later we had a diagnosis - high functioning autism. We have been throwing everything we have at it ever since, but have found a real lack of support for the caregiver. That is why Lindsay and I have bonded together to form this group. Looking forward to meeting you all.
I am a single mom to 1 little princess, she is 6 years old. Emma has struggled to stay regulated since she was an infant. Shortly after she was born there major stomach/feeding issues. We spent a lot of time at Primary Children's and doctors’ offices. When Emma was 8 months old and had not gained weight for months she had a NG feeding tube (Nasal-Gastric) placed, at 12 months Emma had a more permanent feeding tube surgically placed (Gtube). As we started to get her health on track I started to notice struggles beyond the medical. High anxiety, Sensory issues, continued sleep issues and speech & motor delays.
Once the Sensory Processing Disorder and anxiety started to get out of hand we were referred to the Children's Center for preschool, med management and therapy services.
Although we have a lot of services we still struggle daily to keep Emma regulated and healthy, both physically & emotionally. Since the beginning of our journey it has been a struggle to connect with anyone, let alone people who understand the day to day struggles. I am so excited to be a part of offering families the friendship and understanding we all need!!
She has been married for 18 years and is the mother of 3 boys ages 13, 10 & 6. Family is her number 1 priority. When she discovered that her eldest son had ADD, Anxiety, Depression & OCD six years ago it really frightened her. As a mom she just wanted to be able to give him the world and have the world love him as much as she did. She would lie awake many nights wondering what to do? ... Medicate or not? Special Diet? Therapy? A label that would follow him? The list went on & on. Chrissy decided to trust her mommy gut and educate herself on everything. She became her child's advocate. After a friend introduced her to the Easy to Love blog, Chrissy contacted Lindsay wanting to help in any way that she could. She started attending Davis County group and Lindsay & Jen quickly realized she needed backup. They asked her to help run Davis County as well as become our Marketing Director all while participating on the Board of Directors as secretary. Jen and Lindsay are thrilled to have her a part of our team!
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