Getting a driver's license is a reasonable and attainable objective for high-functioning autistic people without significant intellectual disabilities.
With the correct aids, it is a great and gratifying experience for those on the autism spectrum.
There are many factors to consider when driving with autism, each individual's situation is different and must be assessed accordingly. As with any new driver the following tips for consideration ring especially true when teaching new drivers on the autism spectrum:
Patience Your new driver will not be a great driver until you encourage them to be. Don't put too much pressure on them at first.
Start Slow Begin slow, and put together skills as they gain competence. The process of learning how to drive a car will take some time. Don't provide all the information needed in the first lesson.
Break it Down Break skills down into independent steps. Maintain your language clear and concise. Take larger concepts and refine them piece by piece.
Discuss First Prior to driving, go over verbal and visual information. Talk about the things before starting to drive.
Practice, Practice, Practice Frequent repetition of abilities is vital. Even if they think they have it down, encourage them to practice it regularly. Driving simulation games are also a very effective for tuning fine motor skills and reaction times.
Mistakes Happen Allow your student driver permission to make mistakes. It's a part of the learning process. Do not jump to conclusions on their ability early on. Remember tip 1 (be patient).
At Athens Driving Prep we are able to offer driving lessons to persons on the autism spectrum.
If you or a loved one on the autism spectrum wish to enroll in drivers ed with our Athens driving school, please carefully read the article linked below and contact us for an initial consultation.