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Driving Across the Life Span
Online Zoom Webinar
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Austin, TX 77833
United States

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CST
Category: Capital Centex District

District Meeting and announcements:  6:00 PM -6:30 PM

Topic:  Driving Across the Life Span

This course has reached capacity. 

Speaker:  Megan Frazier, OTR, MS, DRS

About the Speaker: I have more than 17 years of occupational therapy experience working in various adult settings within the medical model including acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient rehabilitation. I specialize in dementia care, treating adult neurological disorders including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  I have undergone specialized training to become a Driver Rehab Specialist.  Additional areas of expertise include seating and mobility assessments for an adult population, aging in place home assessments and modifications, and driving evaluations including assistance with driving retirement and driving training for clients needing modified driving controls. 

Cost: You must register for this event. Visit the Online District Meeting Information page to learn more and to register.  

  • Members: FREE
  • Non-Members:
    • OT/OTA: $30
    • Student: $15

Course Schedule

6: 30 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Introduction to driving as an IADL. Laws and Ethics
  • How to incorporate questions about driving into an evaluation and develop an occupational profile.
  • Cognitive, Physical, Sensory and Social skills needed for driving: Physiology and cognitive process     behind diving    
  • Special considerations when looking at driving -Evaluations & Screen Tools -Interpreting Results of assessments and determining correct referral path based on the OT-DRIVE Model
  • Treatment approaches to address driving skills deficits in the clinic
  • What is a Driver Rehab Specialist and how to refer Resources.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify why addressing driving as an IADL across the life span is important
  2. Identify the cognitive, physical, and social components needed for driving safety
  3. Age:  a. Teens -Identify skills and requirements needed to obtain driver’s permit.  b. Adult/Geriatric: -Recognize how aging and disease progression may affect driving safety
  4. Cite three clinical assessments that assess cognitive and physical skills needed for driving
  5. Understand Texas state driving laws that govern restrictions for driving based on medical needs
  6. Identify the difference between a driving school, an OT generalist, a Driver Rehab Specialist (DRS) and Certified Driver Rehab Specialist (CDRS) and their roles in driving evaluations
  7. Resources and organizations including NEW TOTA Driving and Community Mobility SIS

 Purpose:  The course is designed as an entry level learning experience to introduce the OT generalist in recognizing the need to assess driving as an IADL, assessments to evaluate the need for further referral, and who to refer to when further assessment is indicated. The course will provide a brief look at the Texas Medical Review Boards driving requirements for common physical and neurological deficits.

Contact: [email protected]