DRS 201

DRS 201: Advanced Driver Rehabilitation Concepts

(12 CEUs)
This track offered several diverse sessions geared to more established evaluators.
Check back soon to see the 2020 DRS 201 Course offering.

Continuing Education Contact Hours – The ADED course and seminars have been approved for CDRS contact hours. DRS 101 offers 15 contact hours and DRS 201 offers up to 12 contact hours. Credit hours will only be awarded to those attending sessions in their entirety; ADED does not offer partial credit. Contact hours available: 1 AOTA CE = 10 education hours earned. Information about signing in and how to claim credits at the end of sessions will be provided on site.

ADED is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEHs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Please see individual course descriptions for contact hours / AOTA CEHs offered and the Learning Level. AOTA Classification Code: Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, OT Process Evaluation

  • Trouble in the Trenches: How to Dig Out By Using a Clinical Decision-Making Tool

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Tamalea Stone, Occupational Therapist Drive ON! Comprehensive Driver Rehabilitation

    Adaptive equipment must be considered for some of our clients to be able to access and/or operate a vehicle. Clinicians have gathered their experience through continuing education, mentoring, and often self-learning. Following a comprehensive assessment, the clinician must attempt to determine the best option for equipment based on the client’s needs and functional abilities. The chosen option is not always optimal when challenged with barriers such as funding, compatibility with current vehicle or mobility aid and/or availability of products. Determining what is best for the client is only one piece of the puzzle. New technologies and products, a growing evidence base, and changing funding structures all add to the complexity of today’s practice environment. It is suggested that the OT/CDRS will benefit from a structured method to assist them to analyze complex and challenging situations that arise in practice. Often, situations are challenging because they involve an ethical dilemma. Sometimes there is an option that is a clearly good one, but there are, unfortunately, many situations when the right thing feels wrong because a positive outcome for everyone involved is not possible. Many factors impact on the final decision: client needs, professional ethics, professional standards, legislation, guidelines, policies and clinician competence. If a conscious decision-making process has been followed, the clinician can feel confident that a reasonable outcome can be achieved, and principles of ethical practices are being upheld. A clinical decision-making framework will be introduced. Case studies will be used to demonstrate how the framework can assist in considering the applicable principles of practice, including QAP and ADED ethics and best practices and determine some reasonable options. Brainstorming/open discussion session will be led to further identify possible avenues to make these decisions more standard within our field.

    Learning Level: Advanced | 3 CEUs


    Learning Objectives:
    1. Increase awareness of rationale for deciding upon and prescribing different types of adaptive equipment.
    2. Understand how client’s individual functional abilities affect the choice of equipment and the training plan.
    3. Identify best practices when choosing / prescribing adaptive equipment for clients.
    4. Identify and apply a clinical decision-making framework/process (case studies) to assist in reaching reasonable outcome.
    5. Discuss possible avenues to guide decision-making to be more standard within the field, including developing policy for practice setting.

  • Vision and Driving

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDRS, CDI Roger C. Peace Hospital

    How do common vision disorders relate to driver performance, and what training and remediation techniques can be implemented to improve driver performance? We will tackle these questions in this course, beginning with eye anatomy and the visual system. We will also discuss disease and disorders of the eye, including acuity loss, eye movement disorders, binocular vision disorders, specific eye diseases affecting vision, and others. Participants will learn how to implement training and remediation techniques, including mirrors, tinted lenses, bioptic lenses, head movement exercises, and other techniques.

    Learning Level: Intermediate  | 4 CEUs


    Learning Objectives:

    1. 1. Understand eye anatomy and the visual system
    2. 2. Understand disease and disorders of the eye
    3. 3. Relate common vision disorders to driver performance
    4. 4. Learn about types of training and remediation techniques
  • Beyond the Box: Exploring Creative Approaches to Driving

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDRS, CDI & Leah Belle, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS Roger C. Peace Hospital

    Using case studies, this course will provide an overview of creative ways to think outside the box, to provide mobility solutions for clients with a variety of disabilities. This course will allow attendees to explore the potential of different approaches with access to primarily low technology. We will also explore the importance of collaboration between all the players including the client, the Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, the payer source and the mobility vendor.

    Learning Level: Intermediate | 2 CEUs


    Learning Objectives:

    1. 1. The attendee will be able to apply general creative problem solving principles to developing creative mobility solutions for patients with various unique abilities and situations
    2. 2. The attendee will gain knowledge, through the case studies, on how the specific mobility equipment choices solved each client’s particular needs.
    3. 3. The attendee will become familiar with the various players in the process of providing mobility solutions for driver rehabilitation clients.
  • Medical Cannabis and Functional Driving Assessments: How and When to Assess On-road

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. | Nellemarie Hyde, OT, CDRS Saint Elizabeth Healthcare

    Occupational therapists and Driver Rehabilitation Specialists commonly assess their client’s cognitive abilities in-clinic and on-road to determine if they are “fit to drive” while taking various psychotropic medications. Is there reason to treat medical cannabis differently? During this seminar participants will learn the common uses, effects, and side effects of medical cannabis, and will explore the legal, ethical and professional issues of assessing clients taking medical cannabis. A decision-making model for driver rehabilitation specialists will be presented. Case studies will be discussed and presented in small group forums addressing various issues related to use of cannabis by drivers.

    Learning Level: Advanced | 3 CEUs


    Learning Objectives:

    1. 1. Understand the History of Cannabis as a medicinal herb, recreational drug and how it became a class 1 drug.
    2. 2. Identify the various cannabinoids in cannabis and their psychotropic effects on cognitive and psychomotor abilities.
    3. 3. Explore the ethical, legal and professional implications of assessing a client who takes medical cannabis.
    4. 4. Discuss differences in cannabis legislation from state to state, and how this may impact one’s practice. Apply a decision-making model to your practice in order to determine if on-road assessment is appropriate.