Why In-Person Training is Monumentally Important for OTs in Driver Rehab Practices

As OTs we value education & training that includes coursework and fieldwork. Frankly, the combination of the two is what we’ve known since our undergraduate days. 

In the specialty area of driver rehab, where OTs learn to assess driver’s abilities, then train/retrain drivers using adaptive equipment, both coursework and in-person training are absolutely essential! 


The OT Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (OT DRS) is trained to complete a comprehensive driving evaluation which includes both clinical tests and on-road assessment in a driver rehabilitation vehicle.


Adaptive Mobility is the ONLY workshop-based program in the USA focused on providing in-person training for OTs in the car.

If you think about that, that’s pretty important. Every time I sit with a driver who is using adaptive equipment for the first time, whether that is a fellow OT or a client, there is an awkwardness and insecurity. By training in an actual car, on actual roads, I can guide the learning in a way that keeps everyone safe and builds best practices from the start.

For OTs, this incredible workshop also allows you to try various equipment from brake reaction timers to hand controls to left foot accelerators to cognitive tests and more! The options are extensive. The clients you serve need an expert who has experienced each option before recommending what they need.

In addition to getting to know equipment options, behind-the-wheel training allows you to practice being the DRS in the front seat. It’s one thing to be comfortable using the equipment, it’s another to teach and guide someone in learning. There are tricks and techniques that, when mastered, allow for faster learning, better safety, and more confidence in your ability to teach.

The combination of these things, PLUS the collaboration with other OTs is monumentally important in becoming a highly-skilled, confident, competent OT DRS. 


Are you reading to advance your career by becoming a DRS?

The following dates are our upcoming, in-person training opportunities. 

  • March 13-15, 2023
  • June 21-23, 2023

CLICK HERE for more information about our in-person training

Before you sign up for this in-person training, you must complete Part 1: Building Blocks — Driving Risk Assessment.

CLICK HERE for more information about our Part 1 Course


Interested in bundling Part 1 & Part 2?
susie@adaptivemobility.com for more information.

Susie Touchinsky

Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS is an occupational therapist and certified driver rehabilitation specialist offering decades of experience, knowledge, and professional support for drivers, families, caregivers, and practitioners.