Adaptive Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation

Driving is Complex, I Can Help

 
  
 

 
 

 
 

FACILITATING DRIVING INDEPENDENCE

The Importance of Driving

Driving is an integral part of our daily lives. Driving fosters the independence and freedom needed to get to the activities that we enjoy, and can be integral in fulfilling the responsibilities in our lives. It affects our emotional well-being as it provides an efficient means to connect with friends and family. Gaining and maintaining our driving ability affects our sense of confidence, autonomy and participation in familiar life roles.

Challenges of Driving

Learning to drive can be particularly challenging for teenagers with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and osteogenesis imperfecta. Senior drivers may experience increasing difficulty with driving as their physical and cognitive skills change. Adults who have experienced a significant illness or injury, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis, often need help regaining their driving skills. This may include learning compensatory strategies or instruction in the use of adaptive driving equipment.

Providing Objectivity

Driving is one of the first rites of passage into greater independence for teenagers and is one of the last vestiges of independence for many adults. My objective driving assessment of a driver's skill can provide peace of mind for drivers and their families. One of my greatest joys is to share in the excitement when people achieve driving independence for the first time or again after an injury or illness.

The Driving Evaluation Program

My driving evaluation program is specifically designed for individuals with orthopedic, neurologic, visual or attention deficits. My driving assessment for seniors addresses the natural changes associated with aging. As a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) I have the skills and knowledge necessary to address a wide range of health issues and diagnoses. We will discuss your driving concerns and explore possible training, adaptations or equipment needed to provide greater safety. My mission is to help people achieve or maintain their driving privilege by insuring they have safe driving skills.

 

 

 
Karen Smith, OTRL, CDRS

Karen Smith is a licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS). She has been performing driving evaluations since 1994 in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties.