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Teens with disabilities require increased support in driving and community mobility (D&CM) due to increased complexity resulting from the combination of typical teen characteristics (physiological changes and developing cognitive skills), and limitations posed by physical, cognitive, or visual impairments (Interactive Autism Network, 2011; Monahan, 2012). Due to lack of training, decreased awareness, low confidence, decreased competence, billing, and productivity concerns OT practice is limited in addressing D&CM (Dickerson et al., 2011). There is a need for more targeted information regarding teen driving and community mobility within OT education to increase competence (knowledge, skills, attitudes), and prepare them to be generalists (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], n.d.). The existing teen driving module in the pediatric course at USAHS is not adequate to comprehensively educate OT students on the role of OT in teen D&CM and introduction of a certified driving rehabilitation specialist (CDRS). Occupational therapy (OT) students display limited competency in teen driving and community mobility. An educational module with unique features was created to promote novice level competency in OT students.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Community Mobility, Adolescents, Driving, Occupational Therapy
Medical Subject Headings
Adolescent, Disabled Persons, Automobile Driving, Community Mobility
Occupational Therapy | Transportation
Johns, C., Blackwell, A., & Bell, M. (2022, April 13). Teen Driving and Community Mobility Educational Module for OT Students. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstones-spring2022/44