Group Activities

Monkey Joe’s

Monkey Joe’s opens the doors exclusively for our families once a month on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 until 10 am. You may stay after they open to the public at 10:00. Parents get a chance to meet other parents, siblings have an opportunity to meet other sibs in a fun environment and kids on the spectrum can safely bounce, jump, slide, and have fun.

Parent Support Group Meetings

Are you interested in talking with other parents who have children on the spectrum? Once a month, parents have the opportunity to get together in a relaxed, informal atmosphere to talk about everything from their personal experiences to available resources and general education about autism.The ASFV Parent Support Group will meet on the first Sunday of each month from 6-8pm at 211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton, WI 54911. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot and our meetings will be held in the 1st floor board room space. The exterior doors will remain locked for safety purposes, but a doorbell is available for entry. For more information contact:

Hangin’ Out Social Outings

ASFV offers social opportunities for kids 7 – 12 years old who have high functioning autism or Asperger’s. The children have participated in a variety of outings. The goals of these outings are to foster socialization, experiences, and fun. All outings are supervised by the social group facilitators. All event opportunities are emailed to parents. If you would like your child on the list please email Diane Nackers:

Teen Social Group

The ASFV teen group is in its 7th year!! We hold monthly outings at a wide variety of locations. The group consists of teens 13-19 who have high functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The teens should demonstrate a level of independence so they can participate in community outings without parental supervision. The teens are supervised by board members Diane Nackers. All events are emailed to those who wish to be on the list of outings:

Adult Social Outings

This group is designed for adults on the autism spectrum who like to participate in social activities, and are interested in getting to know others in loosely supported activities. An ASFV Board member organizes the events, and is always present to facilitate socialization for those who choose to attend.

All participants should have the ability to independently participate in social events in the community. We engage in varied activities, but are always open to new ideas! If you know of an adult with ASD in our community that wants to be more social, contact Diane for more information. Events are communicated to members, or individuals who want to receive the emails. Please contact Diane Nackers or Ben Marks at:

Spectrum Saturday

Spectrum Saturday events are held at The Building for Kids—downtown College Ave Appleton—at no cost to the families who participate. Doors open at 8:30 am the 3rd Saturday of each month.

The new start time reflects the need for some families to start their adventure in a quieter setting, but please feel free to stay as long as you like. Check in at the front desk. Starting this summer—monthly sensory activities will be provided.

Sensory Morning at Sky Zone Appleton

Sky Zone turns down the music and dials down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. We welcome children and adults with special needs, their family, AND friends to jump! We will make every effort to accommodate ALL jumpers.

Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30am! $10 to jump, $2 for reusable Sky Socks. For more info Click Here.