Specialized Driving Lessons
NDIS approved Driving School.
Driving lessons for people with learning difficulties.
At My Driving School- Moreton Bay we are passionate about helping people with additional learning difficulties. Including Autism, Anxiety Asperger’s, Learning difficulties and ADHD.
People with high- functioning autism and Asperger’s and other disabilities are often able to learn to drive. It is a key skill to independence and can make a big difference in a individuals life, but this task may prove difficult. A young adult must already struggle with the impulsiveness, inexperience and other traits of adolescence but when a individual is ASD they have potential obstacles posed by learning difficulties itself. Can they quickly intuit and react to the “big picture” of any given driving situation? Can they interpret and respond to actions, attitudes or intentions of other drivers? Can they keep calm? Can they avoid “zoning out”? Transportation needs may be addressed as part of the NDIS scheme.
When it comes to sitting in the driver's seat for the first time, a young person with disabilities faces all the same issues a typically developing adolescent does, as well as additional difficulties posed by the disability. There are definitely some aspects of driving that he or she may need help. There is no research on what techniques are ideal, but it is likely that breaking down driving skills into component parts and allowing more time than the typical beginner might need to master. Be concreate in your decisions and interactions, Prepare the student for a change in routine, making them comfortable, understand that you have to speak literally and no sarcasm ect, consistency, assume nothing, present the same information over and over in a variety of ways, Step by step instruction, patience, positive and supportive language for questions. Although it might just take longer and require more focused practise and training than the average student.
Getting your license can be a challenging process. Overcoming your fear of driving takes the right practise and approach. Here are some suggestions to help:
Find a quality driver trainer
Know your road rules
Remain calm – practice some breathing exercises or use your own coping mechanisms to compose yourself when driving
Talk aloud as you drive- explain what is happening ahead and behind you- what important signs do you see and what are other road users doing?
Remain committed to the process even when it seems difficult.
Pull over and stop if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious.