Driving Readiness in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Executive Function & Intellectual Disability

Recorded On: 05/31/2017

Abstract: The executive function and intellectual capabilities of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders varies significantly between individuals with ASD, and this plays a significant role in their ability to drive. The DRS/CDRS must assess these functions using a variety of tools, including interview, standardized testing, and behind the wheel assessments in order to determine if driving is a realistic and achievable goal for these consumers. 

Learning Objectives:

1.         Participants will develop an understanding of ASD as defined in the DSM V

2.         Participants will understand executive dysfunction and associated behaviors that may be problematic when learning to drive

3.         Participants will be provided with case studies using new DSM V criteria to determine likely challenges with driving

Eligible for one contact hour

Tracy M. Gale

Psy.D., HSPP

Tracy M. Gale, Psy.D., HSPP, earned her doctorate of psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Professional Psychology Internship Consortium and worked in her early career at a community mental health center. Dr. Gale has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities throughout her career. She is currently the director of Autism and Behavior Services at Easterseals Crossroads, where she completes diagnostic evaluations and provides clinical supervision for a team of professionals who deliver behavior treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Gale, her husband, and two children live in the Indianapolis area.

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