Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the Athletic Trainer


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the Athletic Trainer




Wednesday, April 10, 2013


11:00am-12:15pm (CST)


$15 for NATA members / $25 for non-members


Chad Kinart, MS, ATC
Exam Development Coordinator, Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC)
Chairperson, Nebraska Board of Athletic Training
Risk Manager/Athletic Trainer, X Med, Inc.


Chad Kinart, MS, ATC works for the Board of Certification, Inc (BOC) as the Exam Development Coordinator.  He is the father of two boys, one of which has ASD.  Gaining his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he lives and works in Omaha, NE.  In addition, he is the Chairperson of the Nebraska Athletic Training Board and Risk Manager/Athletic Trainer with X Med, Inc.


Recently, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have come to the forefront of healthcare topics because 1 in 88 children are now affected by an ASD; it is only a matter of time before encounters with these children becomes a daily occurrence with which most of us are unprepared to integrate into our professions.  With many myths about ASDs, this lecture provides a basis of understanding about ASDs.  In addition, athletic trainers will also come away form this lecture with tools to help communicate and structure the affected child’s environment for optimal healthcare.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of ASDs.
  • Have a basic understanding of the signs & symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of ASDs.
  • Identify common environmental/behavioral changes that will enhance the integration of individuals with ASDs.
  • Identify common techniques that will enhance communication with individuals affected by ASDs.

Athletic Training Domain:

Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
Treatment and Rehabilitation

Course Level:

Essential Level

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