This free webinar is ideal for parents/guardians of children with Tourette Syndrome who are pre-teen and teen age. Driving and community mobility are important for independence and often considered a rite of passage into adulthood. However, for parents of children with special needs, knowing whether or when your child is ready to pursue driving is often a difficult question. The presenters will provide an overview of the essential skills needed for driving and discuss the potential challenges individuals with Tourette Syndrome might experience during drivers’ education and after they are licensed. Participants will also learn about how to help children develop the necessary skills for driving, a driver-training tool, and resources to support their child through drivers’ education.

Learning objectives: After completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize skills needed for driving in everyday activities of daily living
  • Apply a hierarchy of driving skills to help identify readiness to pursue driving
  • Describe resources to help prepare and train their child to drive

Dr. Miriam Monahan, is an occupational therapist, driving school instructor, and certified driving rehabilitation specialist. She has over 20 years of experience in driving rehabilitation, and is recognized for her clinical and behind-the-wheel evaluation and intervention skills. She is founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Driver Rehabilitation Institute. She has served as consultant on numerous federal projects, and lectures extensively on topics related to driver rehabilitation and community mobility. Dr. Monahan is internationally recognized for program development in driving and community mobility for teens with special needs and has co-authored numerous publications in this area.

Heather Simpson, OTD, MOT, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida, UF Health in Gainesville, Florida. Heather serves as the Tourette Association Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence Coordinator between six research & academic universities across the Southeast region. Dr. Simpson has a pediatric specialty from the American Occupational Therapy Association, and has been treating adults and children with tic & Tourette Disorders. Dr. Simpson is an expert in occupational therapy management for tic disorders, as well as use of CBIT in the Southeast area.   She has participated in multiple small research studies related to occupational and daily life functioning for those living with tic disorders. Dr. Simpson has been allotted opportunities for advocation and training to occupational therapists, as well as other allied health professionals in management of tic disorders, including a chapter in 10 Secrets to a Happier Life with Tourette Syndrome.