Case Study of Driving Readiness: Comparing a Teen with ADHD/ASD to a Healthy Control

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In this course, readiness to drive is assessed for a teen with a dual diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to a healthy control, using indicators such as medical history, clinical testing, life skills, and simulated driving performance results. Using this case study and a decision tree, the presenter interprets how these indicators can guide a therapist to determine readiness for driving. The course also explores how to prepare teens, not yet ready to drive, for independence in community mobility and future driving.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Recognize the characteristics of ADHD/ASD in teens and how they may potentially impact driving performance.
  2. Report the characteristics of teen drivers at large and how those may potentially impact driving performance.
  3. Identify clinical predictors of simulated driving performance.
  4. Conceptualize the underlying cognitive, visual, visual-perceptual and motor performance deficits associated with specific driving errors, ADLs and I-ADLs at home and in the community.
  5. Define and use a decision tree to make a readiness to drive recommendation.


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