Who: teenagers who need more than practice for safe and relaxed driving. What: A therapeutic program that starts with an evaluation by licensed OT and PT. Insurance is accepted if appropriate. Unique program designed, according to evaluation results. Factors include coordination, muscle tone, visual motor spatial perception, sensory motor responses, cognitive ability [problem solving, abstract thinking, capacity for empathy for the other drivers and pedestrians], attention, emotional maturity. Where: Skills for Living...... When: call for an appointment How: frequency and length of appointments are flexible and depend on needs and capabilities. Treatment includes hands on by licensed therapists in friendly clinic. All issues addressed in preparation for simulated driving to create competence and confidence in a fun atmosphere. Success opportunity: Success has been demonstrated by Skills for Living and also by recent studies.
Some teenagers may have mild to moderate difficulty with driving tasks, such as applying and modulating the right force to accelerator and brake. Eye hand coordination challenges may be present, such as staying in the middle of lane, changing lanes, and controlling response to curves and turns. Other factors may include difficulty integrating and responding to all of the simultaneous [and unpredictable] sights and sounds encountered. In summary, when learning to drive requires more than just practice, simulated driving in a therapeutic environment can address these challenging issues in a safe, non threatening and effective way. Recent studies provide scientific proof that simulated driving is effective with teenagers who have Aspbergers, for example.