Skill Builders Driver Rehab

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skills-logoOur Driving School is proud to announce that we are pending final approval for being able to offer Skill Builders Driver Rehabilitation services through our Sault Ste. Marie location. Please note that you are still able to start the process of registering for this program by calling Skill Builders at 705.727.0319. We are the only Driving School in Sault Ste. Marie that offers this service. 


What is included in a Driving Evaluation?

The purpose of the evaluation is to determine if the individual’s medical condition, medications, functional limitations and/ or anxiety affect his/ her ability to drive.

The in-clinic portion of testing allows the Occupational Therapist to determine if there may be physical, perceptual, cognitive, and emotional problems that may attribute to observations made while driving.


Vision Screening
All clients receive a vision screening for the minimum requirements for driving. If there are any concerns before or during the evaluation, the client is referred to an eye care specialist.


Cognitive Testing
A computerized evaluation and other testing is done to determine if a client has the necessary cognitive and perceptual skills for safe driving. Some cognitive skills evaluated include reaction time, decision-making speed, attention, information processing, impulse control, memory and mental flexibility, to list a few.


Physical Assessment
A complete assessment of the clients; physical abilities, such as movement, strength, sensation (feeling hands, legs and feet), balance, and ability to get in and out of the vehicle is completed to determine if there are any modifications to how the person will be safest to drive. The need for and type of adaptive equipment is determined. Adaptive equipment can be provided for the on-road portion to assist with physical limitations.


On Road Assessment
The client will drive our dual control vehicle so that the Occupational Therapist can assess all aspects of driving including physical ability and endurance to handle the vehicle, cognitive/behavioural skills, visual perceptual skills, and all the responses to the traffic environment.


Conclusion and Recommendations
Based on the information gathered during the clinical portion and the actual driving portion of the evaluation, the Occupational Therapist is able to interpret results and make recommendations based on performance strengths and limitations as well as driving potential. The Occupational Therapist will discuss the findings with the driver after the evaluation and with a family member or friend present (with the client’s consent). The results are provided that day prior to leaving.


Driving Evaluations Are Indicated For:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Amputations(s)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Memory disorders which could be non-specified, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, mild cognitive impairment
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Congenital disorders
  • Developmental delay
  • Age related concerns
  • Progressive disorders
  • Other neurological events


Driver Training

Clients learn to drive safely (using adaptive equipment when needed). The licensed driving instructor emphasizes safe, responsible driving. 
Drivers will become more confident and have a working understanding of how to be a defensive drive. When new to driving with adaptive equipment, the client learns driving skills on the road beginning with the basics of vehicle control and then progresses to more challenging manoeuvres. For experienced drivers who 
have some medical or vision issues, intervention is guided by the individual’s needs. New drivers and those with experience driving but now have the presence of a medical condition have different needs and the instructor is responsive to this. 
Training is usually conducted in 1 hour sessions. The number of training sessions that the client may require will depend greatly on the client’s needs. All clients will require a minimum number of lessons prior to being recommended to proceed with having their own vehicle modified. The client must be able to demonstrate a minimum amount of competence prior to being recommended to have the equipment installed in his/her own vehicle. 


Professional Qualifications

Evaluations are completed by registered Occupational Therapists who have the following qualifications:

  • Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists. 

  • Licensed in-car driving instructors. 

  • Licensed classroom driver educators. 

  • Over 20 years of experience in driver rehab. 

  • Able to assist with appropriate adaptive equipment recommendations and write 
comprehensive vehicle prescriptions. 

  • Stay abreast of changes in the field of driver rehab by attending conference and workshops. 

  • Members of the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). 

  • Members of ADED’s Ontario Chapter. 

  • Members of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. 

  • Frequent speakers at provincial, national and international conferences 


How Do You Access Our Clinic?

Referral Process 
Anyone may make a referral. If a person’s license has been or will be medically suspended by the Ministry of Transportation, a request for a temporary permit will be made by us for evaluation purposes. A medical release form from the client’s physician is needed stating that he/she is medically stable, free from seizures and not taking any medications that may affect his/her ability to drive. 


For more information please see the Drivers Rehabilition Brochure.

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  •  589 Second Line East
    Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6B 4K2
  •  705-253-0929
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Can't afford Drivers Education in one payment.  Call Our Driving School and ask for Darlene, she will help you with a payment plan that works for you.  Cost is $619.47 + $80.53 (hst) = $700.00 

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