Join Us! ASFV Members-Only Family Celebration

Join us April 29th at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay, WI for the Autism Awareness month family celebration! This is a members-only family event available to those who have paid the annual Autism Society membership dues of $15. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email If you’d like to become a member or renew, visit to do so online or print off the attached membership form and mail it in.

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Safe and Sound™ Training & Education


Dealing with first responders and law enforcement in an emergency is stressful and scary. Safety is a constant concern for our families. ASFV is proud to bring the Safe and Sound™ program and this parent training to the Fox Valley.

Created in 2005, the Safe and Sound™ initiative includes providing information and training to law enforcement and first response professionals – from police, fire & rescue officers to Emergency Medical Services officers. This parent component will teach you disaster preparedness, communication tips when working with law enforcement, environment and safety modifications, and time to interact with the creators of this program.

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The Autism Society of the Fox Valley is pleased to offer a FREE training for First Responders. The session will focus on tools for agencies to address autism-related field contacts, communication and behavior, sensory issues, de-escalation techniques and arrest, restraint and custody issues.

The session will also provide information on how first responders can recognize an individual with autism, and discuss how actual incidents were handled. Special tactics, response techniques, rescue techniques, patient care, search and rescue, and actual incidents will be discussed. Incidents discussed will highlight police responses, fire rescue, rescue from heights, motor vehicle crashes, and emergency medical responses.

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ASFV Thanks!

ASFV is tremendously grateful to all of those who have donated to help support our mission. We will be able to continue all of our programs for another year. Our gratitude goes out to:

  • Sargento Cheese
  • Winnebago County Sheriff Dept—Sargent Matz and crew
  • Dahle Family
  • Menasha Corporation Foundation
  • Culver’s Darboy and Little Chute
  • C.A.R.E Program
  • Feiver Family Fund
  • Hailey Horbst—Uniquely Boo Event
  • Girl Scout Troup 2274


Message from the President-January 2018

Happy New Year!!!

I hope this finds all of you well and ready to face the new year with hope, optimism and a sense of well being. The ASFV board members are looking forward to all of the activities and events we have planned, or are planning.

We have some very exciting news! ASFV is proud to bring the Safe and Sound program to the Valley March 27th and 28th. Inside the Winter 2018 newsletter you will find the publicity materials that we hope you will share with first responders, police liaison officers, medical professionals, and law enforcement in your area. We are thrilled to offer a parent component to this training. On page 6 is the detailed information for the parent training. Please share this with your friends and families. All are welcome to attend. Please register for this event at The more you share this event the better. Flood your Facebook pages with the information. We have limited space for the first 100 people and this is a free event.

The Autism Society of Wisconsin spring conference is quickly approaching. The breakout sessions and family events are truly spectacular. ASFV has 10 scholarships available to cover the registration fees. You must be an ASFV member to apply. The information for the conference and scholarships is inside.

ASFV has 2 family events so far. January 21, 12-2, at Super Bowl in Appleton. Lunch and 2 hours of free bowling are included. February 11th, 9:30-11:30, we will be going to SkyZone in Appleton. Please email for more information or to RSVP at

Have a wonderful rest of the winter,
Diane Nackers
ASFV President

Successful Wings for Autism Event!

So many smiles as another successful Wings for Autism event was held in early November – the fourth such event held at Appleton International Airport!

A huge thank you to the airport personnel and event sponsors, partners & volunteers for all of the planning & organizing that goes into each event: Allegiant Air, Autism Society of the Fox Valley, Soar Fox Cities, Inc., WisconSibs, Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program and TSA.

We can’t wait for the next one in 2018! We’ll be sure to pass along the date as soon as it is booked.

Wings for Autism ASFV

Transition to Sensory Safe Summer

October 15, 2016/in Articles by Empowered Kids

Sensory processing refers to how our central nervous system receives and responds to sensory input, which includes touch, taste, sound, sight and smell.

Each change of season brings with it a range of sensory input which can affect children in different ways. For some children, the transition to summer can be difficult, and this can lead to a series of challenging behaviors which can impact on their social engagement during the holiday season. With a little preparation and planning, we can support our children to have a sensory safe summer, and have a positive and fun experience during these warmer months.

As each child is unique, it is worth making note of your child’s sensory needs to be able to plan ahead. As not all sen-sory input can be controlled (for example an unexpected summer downpour resulting in soaking wet clothes and hair), it is also worthwhile trialing a range of calming strategies that can be easily accessible (perhaps squeezing a piece of blue tac or chewing some gum) that can be used to help a child self regulate when exposed to a particularly challenging situation.

Some common sensitivities to be aware of in summer include:


Children can be very sensitive to the sun and can find it hard to regulate their temperature appropriately. These chil-dren can also miss the internal cue that indicates ‘thirst’, therefore are prone to dehydration. In addition to the high-er temperatures, the summer months can also bring increased humidity and additional brightness/glare, which can make a child feel very hot, sweaty, irritable and lethargic. Prevention is the key so keeping children cool, in the shade and well hydrated is a good place to start.

Tip: Support a child’s fluid intake by placing evenly spaced marks on a drink bottle to indicate levels that correspond with the time of day. For example, drink to the first line by morning tea, the second line by lunch etc. It is also important to be mindful of their clothing both during the day and overnight, with breathable, light fabrics being the most suitable, and encourage your child to wear a pair of high quality sunglasses with a neoprene strap and a wide brimmed hat or cap to reduce the glare. Ensure that the car windows have a suitable window shade to reduce sensory overload when your child is seated in the car.


Sunscreen is a necessary addition to any beach bag, however for some children, it is a part of the day that they would prefer to avoid. Try an unscented brand that does not leave a greasy residue on the skin and perhaps a spray.

Tip: Deep pressure can be calming and organizing for children so before applying sunscreen you could try firm squeezes to the arms and legs, squishes all over their body with a cushion or firmly rolling a ball over their body, arms and legs. Addi-tionally you could apply sunscreen using firm, even strokes and ensure that it is applied before any exposure to sand (consider applying before leaving the house.)


Summer play often consists of sand and water, both of which can be challenging environments for children with sen-sory processing difficulties to play in. They may become avoidant and display some challenging behavior. A day at the beach or at a waterpark may seem like a lovely family day out but to some children, this can be a day filled with unpredictable and unfavorable sensory surprises. It is worthwhile making a note of when your child has a meltdown and consider what may be causing sensory overload. It can be something as seemingly insignificant as the stickiness of a melting ice-block on their fingers, the sound of the seagulls, drops of water on their skin or the smell of a particu-lar flower that only blooms in summer.

Tip: Have a sensory area at home, such as a water table and a sand pit with hidden shells or colorful stones to help de-sensitize your child in a fun, safe, controlled environment.

Be a Detective:

We often help parents to identify whether a child’s challenging behavior and responses is behavioral or whether there is a sensory component triggering the behavior. Sometimes it’s not easy to tell however it is important to iden-tify. It can be helpful to keep a journal of the daily routine and make a special note of any unusual or challenging be-haviors your child displays. Include brief details about what happened before the event, during, and after. Keep the journal over a week or two and see if you notice a pattern. If you’re unsure or need specific strategies for your child, it is best to contact an occupational therapist who is specialized in assessing sensory processing challenges.

If you would like specific strategies or advice on how we can assist your child, feel free to contact Empowered Kids through our website or email us directly at