Functional Driving Assessment consists of an initial in-clinic assessment completed by an Occupational Therapist followed by an in-vehicle assessment completed by the Occupational Therapist and Certified Driving Instructor. The goal of the assessment is to determine if a person’s medical condition is affecting their ability to safely operate a vehicle from a physical and cognitive perspective. The clinical assessment consists of a medical history review, functional physical screen, cognitive/perceptual assessment, , and on-road safety evaluation. The in-vehicle portion of the assessment is completed in the Certified Driving Instructor’s automatic dual brake vehicle with an Occupational Therapist and Certified Driving Instructor. The in-vehicle assessment is completed on diverse roadways assessing a client’s driving skills with respect to physical endurance, cognitive/perceptual skills and medical fitness to drive.
The in-vehicle treatment sessions are designed by the Occupational Therapist to compensate/ re-mediate driving skill deficits from the initial assessment. The sessions are completed with a Certified Driving Instructor and are followed by a re-assessment after training with the Occupational Therapist and Certified Driving Instructor to determine and document client progress and make a final determination on the client’s driving abilities.