Recognizing and Assessing Perceptual, Cognitive, Behavioral Prerequisites for Driving

Includes a Live Event on 10/16/2020 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

7 ADED Contact hours will be offered for those completing the full webinar. 

Webinar description:

This workshop addresses empirically based methods for evaluating the cognitive, visual, visual perceptual, behavioral and executive functions which are required to drive. These capacities are often not evident to the outside observer or to the driver. We will address symptoms and diagnoses that raise special concerns for driving. After a presentation of some of the major resources and test protocols, we will focus on their use in transitioning to behind-the-wheel assessment and training with a focus on reviewing clinical deficits effects on performance and appropriate training approaches for clients. The workshop will offer best practices in documentations and communication with the client and other professionals. The workshop will also review strategies for intervention, re-evaluation and address when training may be implemented/recommended or discontinued.

Learning Objectives: 1. Recognize hidden cognitive, perceptual and behavioral deficits related to neurological pathology that may impact the driving task. 2. Identify several evidence-based off-road clinical procedures to assess these deficits. 3. Develop skills to analyze the results of a clinical assessment in relation to potential difficulties that may arise during assessment behind the wheel and, ultimately, in driving. 4. Develop skills to interpret how clinical deficit may affect driving performance and identify factors that will determine client’s potential for training. 5. Develop skills for writing an effective plan of care, documenting reportable outcomes to client, family, physicians and state agencies and how best to communicate outcomes to clients, funding agencies and mobility dealers. 6. Understand BTW training techniques that may address cognitive perceptual difficulties and recognize training approaches that meet the needs of all level clients. 7. Recognize potential outcomes of training and use of objective re-assessment to ensure progression of skill development while identifying when clients may be discharged or if training should be terminated. 8. Develop skills for intervention planning for clients with cognitive perceptual or physical difficulties.


Presenters:

Amanda Plourde is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Driving Instructor, and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist with 27 years of experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and 20 years of experience working in the field of driver rehabilitation.  She graduated 1993 from the New Hampshire Technical College in Claremont, NH and received her standard driver education certificate through Keene State College in 2000.

Rosamond Gianutsos has a long career in neuropsychological rehabilitation and driver rehabilitation.  She has focused on driver competency evaluations of people with acquired brain injury and elder drivers with known or suspected dementia.  


Registration Fees:

$210/Members

$395/Non Members (Join now and take advantage of member rates!)


Confirmations/Refunds

Registration confirmation and payment receipts are e-mailed to the attendee. Cancellations for webinars must be made in writing to the ADED Executive Office at least 1 day prior to the event for a full refund.  Cancellations within 1 day of the event are subject to a 15% handling fee. Refunds will not be issued for “no-shows.” Substitutions are accepted with a written notice provided that the replacement meets the same registration fee criteria. Partial refunds will not be granted. ADED reserves the right to cancel webinar events due to unforeseen/unavoidable circumstances at any time. All complaints relative to the content, instructor, facilities and registration procedures are to be directed to the ADED executive office: 200 1st Ave NW #505 Hickory NC 28601.


Amanda Plourde

COTA/L, CDI, CDRS

Amanda Plourde is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Driving Instructor, and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist with 26 years of experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and 19 years of experience working in the field of driver rehabilitation providing clinical and behind-the-wheel evaluation and training.  She graduated 1993 from the New Hampshire Technical College in Claremont, NH and received her standard driver education certificate through Keene State College in 2000.

Amanda is Vice President of NETSEA, and serves on their conference development committee and is one of the Northeast ADED chapter representatives on that board.  Amanda is currently the President of the Northeast ADED chapter.  She is a AAA Driver Improvement Program Certified Instructor. She served on the AOTA driving and community mobility specialty certification committee from 2004-2005.  

Amanda has presented at many local NETSEA, ADTSEA, AOTA and national ADED workshops and conferences, and has presented to Occupational Therapy programs at the University of New Hampshire, University of New England and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She also recently assisted with hosting NMEDA’s 7-hour CAMS workshop, in Portland ME.

Amanda joined the outpatient neuro-rehab team at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in April 2014.  Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital provides a comprehensive medically based driving program including sedan and van driver evaluation, training, post adaptive equipment inspections and educational services to people of all ages and abilities to promote independence through mobility.

Rosamond Gianutsos, PhD, FAAO, CDRS

PhD, FAAO, CDRS

Rosamond Gianutsos, PhD, FAAO, CDRS completed a doctorate in Experimental Psychology 50 years ago, specializing in human cognition.  After 7 years of research on college students, she began to work with survivors of brain injury where she developed the Computer Programs for Cognitive Rehabilitation to promote recovery of mental function.  When she discovered that driver rehabilitation specialists were using some of these programs in their evaluations, she felt it would be better to design procedures for driver evaluations.  Thanks to a fruitful one-day think tank convened by ADED pioneer, Mike Shipp, she learned what driver rehabilitation specialists thought they needed.  To explicitly address those wishes, Gianutsos designed the Driving Advisement System later replaced by the Elemental Driving Simulator.  As a neuropsychological rehabilitation specialist, Gianutsos became a CDRS in the 1990’s.  Concurrently, she saw the prevalence and significance of visual impairment for brain injury survivors.  She learned much working for almost 20 years in the Head Trauma Rehabilitation Unit at the SUNY College of Optometry and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.  Blending the neuro-optometric and driver rehabilitation interests, she developed more assessment tools:  the Roadway Sign Test and the Crash Scene Sketch.  Now, she provides a comprehensive clinical and simulator evaluation with physically able experienced drivers who seek to continue or resume driving.  Many of these individuals have dementia and it is necessary to be the bearer of the bad news that they will need to stop driving.

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