For Practitioners: The Role of OT in Driving Rehabilitation

Occupational therapy practitioners are experts in addressing the essential and everyday activities of daily living. By choosing to specialize in driver rehabilitation, you are helping individuals remain mobile and independent. You are helping ensure their meaningful participation in the community.

Your specialized training not only can help optimize and prolong an older driver's ability to drive safely but also can ease the transition to other forms of transportation if limiting or stopping driving becomes necessary.

What You Need to Know

To get started in the field of driver evaluation and intervention, occupational therapists can apply much of what they currently do and already know.

Occupational therapists are trained in task analysis and in identifying the appropriate match of activity demands and skills to achieve optimal outcomes. You build on this foundation when receiving specialized training in driver rehabilitation.

For courses and programs that provide you with specialized training, see Continuing Education.

You can also find out more about driving rehabilitation and community mobility as an emerging practice area in the OT Connections forums.