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.
Occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals play an important role in helping seniors adjust to driving cessation and use of alternative transportation. This presentation provides foundational knowledge about driving and the use of alternative transportation among seniors in North America. Participants will learn about assessment and intervention tools that can be used to assist seniors transitioning to alternative transportation. Through the presentation and observation of a role play, participants will learn about key strategies to use when having these potentially challenging conversations with seniors.
This course is well-suited for occupational therapists and certified driving rehabilitation specialists with a special interest in helping seniors transition to alternative transportation when they are no longer safe to drive.
Introductory: Course content is appropriate for practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter who are seeking evidence-based knowledge of the topic with a focus on clinical application.
Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Conceptualize North American trends for seniors related to driving and alternative transportation.
- Describe the role of occupational therapy in transitioning clients from driving to driving cessation and alternative transportation.
- Explain key communication strategies to help clients and their family members accept and transition from driving to driving cessation and alternative transportation.
AOTA Classification Codes
- Category 1: Domain of OT – Occupations/IADL
- Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Approaches to intervention
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 not received funding to support this training. The instructor has informed the Department of Occupational Therapy that she has no financial or non-financial interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed during her presentation.
One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.