This assessment is completed by an Occupational Therapist who is specialized as a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist.
Clinical testing evaluates vision, visual-perception, cognition, motor skills and reaction times which relate to driving performance.
Clinical testing is followed by a behind-the-wheel evaluation, which takes place in an Avenues Driving Rehabilitation vehicle. This begins in an empty parking lot and progresses to residential, commercial and highway driving if appropriate.
Following the evaluation, a meeting will take place to discuss test results, observations and recommendations with the patient and their family or support system. A report will be sent to the referring physician as well as a letter to the patient, highlighting recommendations discussed at the time of their appointment.
Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Psychology. She has held credentials as a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist from the Association of Driving Rehabilitation Specialist since 2002. She is also 1 of 12 Occupational Therapists nationally, who has a Specialty Certification in Driving and Community Mobility through the American Occupational Therapy Association.
The rehabilitation vehicle has a variety of hand control options, steering devices and pedal modifications to provide the opportunity to continue driving despite physical impairments. If equipment or specialized strategies are needed, additional behind the wheel training is available.