Driving & Community Mobility: Occupational Therapy Strategies Across the Lifespan
Edited by Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Elin Schold Davis, OTR/L, CDRS
Earn 2 AOTA CEUs (25 NBCOT PDUs, 20 contact hours)
The range of issues for driving and community mobility is vast and can extend across the lifespan. Occupational therapy professionals who are generalists or specialists have the knowledge and skills to address the important IADL of community mobility, including driving. Therapists, through evaluation, intervention, and consultation, can address not only driving and community mobility skills but also the underlying skills (visual, motor, or cognitive) and environmental and other contextual factors that enable and empower a person to participate in the community.
This course provides strategies to address community and driving across occupational therapy practice areas and settings, including administration and management, schools, acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics, and with clients with various disabilities or difficulties, including developmental, physical, sensory processing, vision, and mental health.
After taking this course, you will be able to:
- Recognize why it is important for all occupational therapists to address community mobility and driving across the life span and in different practice settings
- Recognize the imperative to broaden the focus from driving rehabilitation toward a more comprehensive consideration of community mobility at the individual, community, and societal levels
- Recognize that addressing driving and community mobility as a routine part of occupational therapy practice cannot be accomplished working in isolation and identify a range of stakeholders who may play a role in this important practice area
- Recognize that there are often unspoken psychosocial issues related to one's sense of autonomy and self-determination that are associated with issues related to driving and community mobility
- Recognize that occupational therapists have an ethical responsibility, through the evaluation process, to identify impairments in occupational performance that may correlate with driving risks and to inform clients (and caregivers or significant others, if applicable), even if they do not have a legal responsibility to report them to the state
- And more!
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