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AMS Part 2: Take the Wheel Workshop

We are excited to share with you Adaptive Mobility's original Part 2: Take the Wheel - A Driver Education Course for Occupational Therapy.  

Part 2: Take the Wheel is a 25 CEU, blended learning course, integrating an online module and 3 days of live face to face training. 

Part 2: Take the Wheel is a hybrid learning event and our most popular workshop. The workshop includes viewing of an online course and attending a 3 day live workshop with experienced occupational therapy practitioners with a specialty in driving and community mobility. This workshop is the only workshop offered in the United States that provides real, in-car training with other specialists in driving

The workshop is geared toward the therapist who has little or no in-vehicle experience working with persons with special needs. Each person registering for this course must have foundational knowledge in the field of driver evaluation in order to participate fully in the dynamic learning experiences and must have completed Part 1: Building Blocks or a comparable course approved prior to registering.*  

Each person registering for this course must have a valid driver's license and arrive prepared with closed toe shoes and attire compatible with work outside.

Part 2 Take the Wheel includes instruction on driver education terminology, principles and sequence; analysis of traffic environments and the task of driving; the purpose and process for the in-car phase of a driver evaluation; equipping a dual-controlled evaluation vehicle; and how to establish specific driving routes per client and disability. You will learn how to control the vehicle on the right side, how to use instructor equipment in the car and how to react to various driving behaviors.  You will learn how to verbally cue for directions, provide commentary driving and utilize safe techniques for observing and taking note of driving behavior. Instruction in driver education teaching methodologies will enhance the therapist’s skill in performing on-the-road evaluations and/or to provide training and instruction to clients.

A minimum of 15 hours of this workshop are spent in a real evaluation vehicle with our driver specialists to practice the verbal, visual, cognitive and physical skills needed by the therapist for controlling the vehicle and driver from the right front seat. At the end of the workshop, the participant will have a visceral understanding of the complexity of the driving task and how to assess a driver's performance skills on the road.

Upon the completion of Part 2: Take the Wheel, participants will be able to identify:

  • the steps for conducting an in-vehicle evaluation
  • component performance skills required for safe driving
  • basic driver education principles
  • driver education resource material
  • evaluation vehicle set up for the instructor
  • structure of the in-vehicle phase for assessment and/or training
  • observation skills necessary for an entry-level driver rehabilitation specialist
  • techniques for controlling a car from the right side
  • good visual skills and habits necessary to a driver rehabilitation specialist in-vehicle
  • the occupational therapy process used in the evaluation vehicle
  • driver education principles, terminology and task sequencing
  • importance of individualized driver education lessons for new drivers
  • beginning level proficiency for documentation of driving performance
  • beginning level proficiency of verbal skills of commentary driving, cuing, directions and instructions
  • how to plan driving routes based on goals for each individual client

Dates & locations for Part 2 Take the Wheel are dependent on availability of evaluation vehicles for training and classroom space. If you would like to host a Part 2: Take the Wheel workshop, please email  

This course fills up quickly as registration is limited based on availability of equipment and specialists. This course usually fills up 2-3 months before the date of the course. We recommend that you register 3-4 months prior to the workshop date to guarantee a space.

Transportation, lodging, & all travel expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Presenter: Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS

Date & Location: online & ongoing

Level of learning/education level: intermediate

Prerequisite: Part 1: Building Blocks Courses 1-7

AOTA CEU & Contact Hours: 2.5 CEU/25 contact hours

Instructional Method: online & live workshop

AOTA Classification Codes: OT Process (evaluation) & Domain of OT (client factors, performance skills)

Registration: Please follow link to register. Fees apply.

Course Completion Requirements: Learner will complete online course and attend and participate in full workshop, & complete post exam and AOTA APP provider survey.

CE Provider & Contact: Adaptive Mobility Services, CE Administrator:

APP Provider #: 6874

Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Cancellation Policy: We ensure that our users have a rewarding experience while they discover, assess, and purchase our courses, whether it is an instructor-led or self-paced training. As with any online purchase experience, there are terms and conditions that govern the Refund Policy. When you buy an Adaptive Mobility training course, you agree to our Terms of Use and Refund Policy. Terms of Use: purchase of this product is intended for the single use and is not to be shared with multiple students. Refund Policy: Online course, full refund for requests made within 7 days of purchase. Money back guarantee is void if the participant has accessed more than 25% content or downloads. Workshop, full refund for requests made within 30 days of course. Cancellations within 30 days may be considered for transfer to alternate date within one year of cancellation. $150 administrative fees apply for all cancellations. Refunds will be completed within 30 days of request. $150 administrative fee applies for all refunds. Please call 484-650-2280 for refund requests. 

Disclaimer: These course instructors will inform and disclose any financial or non-financial interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed during their presentation and the source of any compensation prior to the start of the presentation. Instructors are compliant with copyright laws and have ownership or permission to use all materials used in conjunction with the presentation. Instructors will demonstrate high standards of professional conduct and not discriminate against learners based on gender, age, socioeconomic or ethnic background, sexual orientation, or disability. Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC. welcomes all students. Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC. attempts to create a fully accessible educational environment from which all learners can benefit and provides an opportunity for learners to identify special needs in advance of the activity. Reach out to regarding accessibility for learning. 



*Email with your course certificate and course objectives to determine if alternative course work meets the pre-requisites of Part 1: Building Blocks.


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