Stroke Recovery Includes Occupational Therapy to Learn to Drive Again

A stroke doesn’t have to keep you from behind the wheel. Stroke recovery includes Occupational Therapy to learn to drive again.




For over a year after his stroke, my client regularly went to physical, speech, and occupational therapists to help him recover from his stroke. Finally, he went home in a wheelchair and lived his life well doing everything except driving. 

Then, after visiting with an adaptive equipment specialist, he was referred to me. 

During all of his therapy, not a single person had told him that he could drive again. They were focused on their specific areas of recovery, and he had never mentioned that he was missing driving.

Now, with a simple piece of equipment and some training, he has regained his ability to drive again. 

When asked what the first place he drove to was, he said, “I went to get my wife a birthday card from Hallmark.”

Driving Rehab is just one unique area of Occupational Therapy. But, there are so many others. 

This month is OT Appreciation Month. Take a moment to appreciate the OTS that are driving rehab specialists.



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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.