Course Learning Objectives

Target Audience: Occupational Therapy Practitioners

  • Tests & Measures

    Identify clinical tools and strategies for evaluation of motor performance skills for driving

  • Functional Mobility

    Identify considerations for functional mobility, how a mobility device may impact engagement in community mobility, and role of driver rehabilitation specialist for addressing functional mobility needs in the context of driving

  • Bonus material

    Apply current occupational therapy evidence-based research & practice to driving rehabilitation to address motor performance skills

Course Description

Driving is a physical activity that generally requires the use of arms, legs, and body to operate the vehicle. But what happens when injury or illness changes movement, coordination, sensation, or proprioception? How do those changes impact fitness to drive? In this dynamic course, take a deep dive into the evaluation of physical performance skills needed for driving. Look at strategies for assessing range of motion, strength, coordination, sensation, & proprioception specific to driving and explore a variety of evidenced-based assessments and tests & measures for each of these performance skills. Consider the role of coordination for the occupation of driving and the impact of slowed coordination on safety. Learn about the impact of impaired sensation on foot placement & pedal use. Explore the use of a brake reaction timer or driving simulator to look at reaction time in preparation for a driving evaluation and considerations for posture, balance, falls, & pain. Understand the role of functional mobility for driving and engagement in the community and be introduced to the role of the OT driver rehabilitation specialists to support engagement thru driving specific adaptive equipment. This is course is ideal for the occupational therapy practitioner addressing driving in the clinic. This course is also a great foundation for those OT's advancing into driver rehabilitation. Benefit from case studies, videos, driver rehab specialist reflections, and a variety of handouts to immediately impact your clinical practice. Take this course as part of the In the Clinic: Building Blocks Curriculum Bundle or on it’s on. This course is taught by occupational therapy practitioners, with advanced training and experience in the field of driver rehabilitation.
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Course Agenda

  • 1

    Key Concepts: Course Handouts, Resources, & References

    • Welcome!

    • Course Handout - Please download

    • Course References & Resources

    • Course Resource: Evidenced Based Consensus Statements

    • OT DRIVE Infographic

  • 2

    Module Introduction

    • Overview of Physical Performance Skills (M6 MI A1)

    • Knowledge Check: Apply Physical Performance Skills to Driving & Community Mobility

  • 3

    Lesson 1: Assessing Range of Motion & Strength

    • Introducing the Physical Performance Assessments (M6 L1 A1)

    • Observing Physical Performance (M6 L1 A2)

    • Demonstrating Physical Assessments & Tests (M6 L1 A3)

    • Considering Lower Extremity Performance Testing (M6 L1 A4)

    • Optional Supplemental Video: Review of ROM & MMT (M6 L1 A4 Part 2)

    • Considering Upper Extremity Performance Testing (M6 L1 A4.2)

    • Considering Upper Extremity Performance Testing (M6 L1 A4.3)

    • Reviewing Norms & Clinical Decision (M6 L1 A5) - Please download & review

    • Physical Performance Skills Summary (M6 L1 A6)

    • Completing Physical Performance Assessment (M6 L1 A7)

  • 4

    Lesson 2: Assessing Coordination

    • Introducing Assessment of Coordination (M6 L2 A1)

    • Demonstrating Coordination Assessment (M6 L2 A2)

    • Reviewing Norms & Clinical Decisions (M6 L2 A3) - Please download & review

    • Assessing Coordination (M6 L2 A4)

    • Assessing Coordination (M6 L2 A4 Part 2)

    • Knowledge Check (M6 L2 A4 Part 3)

  • 5

    Lesson 3: Assessing Sensation & Proprioception

    • Introducing Assessment of Sensation & Proprioception (M6 L3 A1)

    • Conducting a Visual Inspection for Sensation & Demonstrating Sensation & Proprioception Assessment (M6 L3 A2 & A3)

    • Demonstrating Brake Reaction Timer Test (M6 L3 A3)

    • Demonstrating Brake Reaction on the Drive Safety Simulator (M6 L3 A3)

    • Reviewing Norms & Clinical Decisions (M6 L3 A4) - Please download & review

    • Demonstrating Clinical Reasoning (M6 L3 A5)

    • Demonstrating Clinical Reasoning OT DRS Response (M6 L3 A5 Part 2)

    • Knowledge Check (M6 L3 A6)

  • 6

    Lesson 4: Assessing Posture, Balance, Falls & Pain

    • Introducing Assessment of Posture, Balance, Falls & Pain (M6 L4 A1)

    • Understanding Assessments for Posture, Balance, & Pain (M6 L4 A2)

    • Consideration for Falls & Driving (M6 L4 A3)

    • Understanding Impact of Spinal Cord Injuries on Driving (M6 L4 A3)

    • Chest Strap Considerations (M6 L4 A3 Part 2)

    • Identifying the Impact of Pain (M6 L4 A5)

    • Identifying the Impact of Pain: Compare Your Answers (M6 L4 A5)

  • 7

    Lesson 5: Assessing Functional Mobility

    • Introducing Assessment of Functional Mobility (M6 L5 A1)

    • Mobility Devices: Assessing Functional Mobility (M6 L5 A2) - Please download & review

    • Examining the Challenges of Adaptive Devices for Mobility (M6 L5 A2)

    • Demonstrating Assessment of Functional Mobility (M6 L5 A3)

  • 8

    Module Summary

    • Summarizing Physical Performance Assessment (M6 MS A1)

    • Determining Physical Fitness to Drive (M6 MS A2)

    • Determining Physical Fitness to Drive (M6 MS A2 Part 2)

    • Ready to learn more?

    • Course Certificate

AOTA Approved Provider #6874

Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. CE Provider & Contact: Adaptive Mobility Services, CE Administrator: susie@adaptivemobility.com APP Provider #: 6874

  • Presenter & Author: Susan Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS Contributing Author & Presenters: Susan Pierce, OTR, SCDCM, CDRS, Wendy Starnes, OTR/L, SCDCM, DRS

  • AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours: 0.3 CEU/3.0 contact hours

  • Online Publication: 2/2019; Date & Location: ongoing, online

  • Level of learning/education level: introductory; Prerequisites: none

  • Instructional Method: online course, independent learning

  • AOTA Classification Codes: OT Process (evaluation) & Domain of OT (client factors, performance skills)

  • Course Completion Requirements: Learner will review full presentation, handout, & complete post exam and AOTA APP provider survey.

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