Predicting Simulated Driving Performance in Teens with ADHD/ASD

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In this course, the authors introduce the crash statistics and characteristics of teens in general, as well as those with ADHD and ASD. Using clinical tests, driving performance videos of teens in a driving simulator, and statistical analysis, the authors propose indicators of readiness to drive for teens at large, and for those with ADHD and/or ASD.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify crash risks for teens.
  2. Recognize the characteristics of ADHD and ASD and how they may potentially impact driving performance.
  3. Grasp the clinical battery of tests used to identify the underlying cognitive, visual, visual-perceptual, and motor performance deficits associated with the diagnostic groups.
  4. Realize that group differences (healthy controls vs. diagnostic groups) occur on the level of demographic factors, clinical tests, and type and number of driving errors made in a driving simulator.
  5. Conceptualize the correlations between clinical tests and driving errors in both groups (healthy controls vs. diagnostic groups).
  6. Understand why some clinical tests are better predictors than others in helping identify driving errors in teens with ADHD/ASD.


One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


Miriam Monahan, OTD, OTR/L, CDRS, CDI


Sherrilene Classen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA