Casey has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University. She is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Assocation and is a former Howard Payne University tennis player. Her program, Tennis for Autism is supported by the United States Tennis Association.
What is Tennis for Autism?
Tennis for Autism was developed and is taught by Casey Chapa. Casey is a certified tennis pro through the United States Professional Tennis Association. Tennis for Autism has been developed due to a need for athletic participation and group activity for children with Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, and ADHD (young siblings of participants are also welcome to join, as they often provide support to the participant). Through playing tennis, children further enhance hand eye coordination, motor skills, and confidence. Children also further develop social skills while working in a group setting with other children. In these groups, parental participation is required, and when appropriate a technique called “least to most prompting procedure” is taught to parents for use during the program and in their home. By having parental involvement, the child can now not only use skills learned in tennis on the tennis courts, but the family learns prompting skills and behavioral techniques to enhance learning in their home. This program is supported by the United States Tennis Association, and Cleburne Pediatrician, Dr. Ayman Arouse.