Adaptive Driving

Driving is an essential skill for independence in today's society. Returning to driving following an injury, disease, or surgery often requires the specialized assistance from a rehabilitation professional trained to evaluate and rehabilitate these needs.

Criteria For Safe Driving Evaluation:

Physician or personal referral
Valid driver's license or temporary driving permit
Payment for driving assessment must be made prior to the assessment unless other arrangements are made ahead of time

Our Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (DRS) are available to provide these evaluations. Our goal is to help people maintain their driving privileges, assess their skill and safety level, and provide adaptive equipment training in order to resume driving following an injury or surgery.

We offer a three-component evaluation, which consists of the following:

1. An Occupational Therapy Evaluation of pre-driving skill, including: strength, sensation, range of motion, coordination, muscle tone, proprioceptive and kinesthetic movements, visual perceptual skills, vision screening, reaction time, and reflexes. Assessing adaptive equipment needs.

2. A Neuropsychological Screening to assess attention and concentration, speed of processing, functional memory, sequential thinking, and problem solving.

3. A Behind-The-Wheel Evaluation with a driving rehabilitation specialist in an adaptive vehicle with instructor safety equipment. This section takes up to 3 hours to assess individual’s actual driving capabilities.

This information is compiled and used to develop a written plan, which may include recommendations for:

Driver training
Individualized training for new drivers
Rehabilitation, including equipment and training
Driving with restrictions
Change in driving status

Information and recommendations will be provided to the referring physician for final decision making about your driving.

Driving is a privilege not a right. Lets us help you maintain your safety and abilities in order to keep that privilege.

Rocky Mountain Therapy is pleased to offer a comprehensive driving evaluation and training process to persons who have or have sustained the following:

A Brain Injury
Stroke
Cerebral Palsy
Developmental Disabilities
Dementia
Parkinson's Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Epilepsy
Brain Tumor
General Aging