The Driving Focus app is a dynamic therapeutic activity that can be incorporated into Occupational Therapy plans to address visual attention, visual scanning, information processing skills, reaction time, visual analysis, visual memory, mental tracking, visual motion sensitivity, and more.
I work primarily with clients post-TBI, and this media is awesome for many of them. The training modules are beautifully developed to develop a client’s sensitivity to ‘seeing’ specific items [stop signs, yield signs, pedestrians, etc…]; short, interactive training videos measure a client’s accuracy and speed on identifying specific items. It provides quantitative outcomes and colorful visual scales that motivate a client to want to improve; with instruction and effort, a client can easily see improvement even in the first session.
Even for clients who may be a long way from actually driving, this media challenges visual and cognitive skills using a meaningful context. It is a therapeutic activity that occupational therapy practitioners working in rehab should definitely explore; I expect clinicians working in neurorehab will be delighted to add this dynamic media to their arsenal of therapeutic activities.
Dr. Monahan joins Susie Touchinsky OTR/L and Dr. Terri Cassidy to discuss the role of occupational therapists in driver training.
They discuss the role of executive function in visual search, review cases that demonstrate their importance for driving, and discuss ways that an occupational therapist can assist their clients in devloping these important driving skills