We have a new Featured Parent to introduce you to!


Fun and Function: Who are you and your kids?

Dani G.: I'm Dani G., and my daughter, Little Bird, almost 6.


FF: What is the nature of their special needs?

DG: Autism.


FF: Do you have a blog you can point us to?

DG: I'm Just That Way and That's Just Me.


FF: What would you say is your biggest challenge in raising a child with special needs?

DG: Staying present and being patient. It's very difficult to ride out the ups and downs of everyday life with Autism without worries and fears for the future. Each 'hiccup' or setback brings up fears and frustrations.


FF: What would you say is your greatest joy in raising your daughter?DG: The ability to relish in each and every bit of progress. I never overlook a "little thing." There are no little steps; every accomplishment comes from a lot of hard work and I'm able to appreciate each victory.


FF: What would you say has been the biggest help you in raising your kids?

DG: Support of others, friends and strangers alike, who really "get it."


FF: Give us one tool you would hate to live without.

DG: The internet: I can connect with other moms and dads to extraordinary kids through my blog, Facebook, and Twitter.


FF: If you could give one piece of advice to another parent who's child has just been diagnosed, what would it be?

DG: Reach out. Do not keep this a secret, there's nothing to be ashamed of. There are others who have been where you are and can tell you, undoubtedly, IT GETS BETTER.


Dani, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us and all the readers here at Fun and Function.

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