Dr. Miriam Monahan is an occupational therapist who has worked in the field of driver rehabilitation since 1998 as an educator and clinician, and is recognized for her clinical knowledge, intervention, and teaching skills in this area. She is a certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS) and licensed driving school instructor (LDI). She has extensive experience with teen and novice drivers with special needs, drivers with neurological conditions, as well as senior drivers. She is well versed in adaptive equipment from low tech to high tech as well as van modifications. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Florida Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation Therapy Program, a consultant at SmartDriver, a business owner, and a practicing clinician. Her research and scholarly work focuses on assessment and interventions to assist drivers with neurological conditions.
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.
This course is well-suited for occupational therapists and certified driving rehabilitation specialists with a special interest in teen pre-drivers, including teens with ADHD and ASD.
Intermediate: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of rehabilitation and service delivery. Focus is on a basic understanding and application of the subject matter.
Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Identify crash risks for teens.
- Recognize the characteristics of ADHD and ASD and how they may potentially impact driving performance.
- Grasp the clinical battery of tests used to identify the underlying cognitive, visual, visual-perceptual, and motor performance deficits associated with the diagnostic groups.
- 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.
- Conceptualize the correlations between clinical tests and driving errors in both groups (healthy controls vs. diagnostic groups).
- Understand why some clinical tests are better predictors than others in helping identify driving errors in teens with ADHD/ASD.
AOTA Classification Codes
- Category 1: Domain of OT – Occupations/ IADL
- Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Occupational performance
0.1 AOTA CEUs (1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners) will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test. The UF Occupational Therapy Department will enter the Contact Hour into the CEBroker database for Florida licensed occupational therapy practitioners.
Instructors have stated that they have received support from the UF and Shand’s Quasi‐Endowment Fund.
One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.