Implementing Driving Rehab Services into your Practice

You’ve decided that offering driving services will add great value to your practice, but you don’t know how to get started. No worries, we have you covered! Adaptive Mobility Services offers the education and training you need to get moving in the right direction. Whether you are looking to open a new business or enhance your current practice, your first step is to gain the foundational knowledge necessary to conduct Driving Risk Assessments.

Our Part 1: Driving Risk Assessment offers OT-specific training for those OT generalists looking to offer a Driving Risk Assessment, know how and when to refer clients to an OT Driving Rehab Specialist, and gain the foundational skills required to complete clinic-based assessments. This course is the perfect first step towards your driving rehab goals, and we are breaking it down for you below.

What will I learn?

A Driver Risk Assessment offers tests and measurements that help you to screen your clients and identify any driving risks. Our course gives you the tools necessary to complete a clinical assessment that is not only specialized for occupational therapy practitioners but can also be covered by insurance. Following this course, you will be able to:

  •  Explain the unique value occupational therapy expertise brings to driving rehabilitation.
  • Apply current occupational therapy evidence-based research/practice to driving the rehabilitation process (clinical evaluation and on-road assessment).
  • Explore and compare/contrast the components of a driving risk assessment, clinical evaluation, and behind-the-wheel evaluation.
  • Given a client scenario, select the most appropriate evaluation techniques and treatment interventions to assess a client’s potential.
  • Recognize impairments in performance skills that indicate the need for driving retirement and practice specific strategies for addressing this difficult topic.
  • Explore basic driving rehab technology equipment options used by an OT DRS. 
  • Identify the value of developing collaborative relationships with industry vendors and regulatory bodies, and the strategies that can be used to support community mobility for your clients.
  • Identify characteristics of quality documentation and resources including code of ethics and practice standards to shape documentation and program development.

What is included?

The course includes access to 10 online modules that can be taken at your convenience in the comfort of your own home or office. Combined these modules offer 25 hours of dynamic content to help sharpen your OT assessment skills. The course outline is as follows:

  • Module 1: Occupational Therapy for Driving & Community Mobility
  • Module 2: Overview of Driving Evaluation & Rehabilitation Process
  • Module 3: Initiating the Evaluation Process
  • Module 4: Evaluation Using the Clinical Interview
  • Module 5: Evaluation of Visual & Hearing Performance Skills for Driving & Community Mobility
  • Module 6: Evaluation of Physical Performance Skills for Driving & Community Mobility
  • Module 7: Evaluation of Cognitive Performance Skills for Driving & Community Mobility
  • Module 8: Summarizing the Clinical Process
  • Module 9: Population Specific Considerations for Driving
  • Module 10: Driving Rehabilitation Resources for the OT

When can I start?

Immediately! Because this course is offered online, you are able to start right away and move through at your own pace. Feel free to pause and come back to content or revisit any modules that need more clarification.     

How much will it cost to get started?

We offer the first module of our course for FREE! Yes, free. Committing to your education is an important investment, but we know it can be helpful to preview content before making a decision. That is why you can complete the entire (1.5 hours) module Occupational Therapy for Driving & Community Mobility at no cost.

From there, complete the full Part 1: Driving Risk Assessment Training, then you will be able to easily integrate Driver Risk Assessments into your OT practice and address any questions about readiness to return to the road. You will also be able to assess driving potential and refer clients to a Driver Rehab Specialist if necessary, but there is no reason to stop there. By continuing on in our program to Part 2: OT Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, you can get hands-on training and earn your OT DRS Professional Certificate and become a Driver Rehab Specialist yourself! To learn more about our program and to sign up today, visit our website 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.