Remedial Driver Desensitization Programme

The programme consists of an initial interview and assessment leading to a treatment plan, followed by a series of treatment sessions with interim reports, concluding with a final assessment and report upon programme completion.

A follow-up consultation is usually scheduled six months post-treatment upon completion of the programme.

Driver Assessment Segment One

The driving assessment interview provides a broad overview of each client's concerns and anxiety levels pertaining to various aspects of driving or being driven. A written report of the assessor's findings is submitted to referring parties. Further, a treatment plan is designed to suit each client's needs.


Interview Objectives
  • a safe, comfortable environment in which the client has ample opportunity to relay and describe their needs and goals.
  • Establish a common ground on which to establish sound communication and understanding.
  • A detailed account of the motor vehicle collision as described by the client is recorded. The varying degrees of anxiety as displayed by the client are noted and will provide a basis on which to create ROD retraining techniques and skills.
  • Client and RDDP coach create an outline of mutually agreed and attainable goals. A plan to implement the necessary practicalities is also reviewed, i.e:
    • Scheduling and frequency of appointments
    • Location of treatment routes
    • Appropriate and suitable ratio of theory to practical application of skills
    • Type of remedial skills training

Driver Assessment Segment Two
On-Road Driving Assessment Objectives

  • Determine if client is able to sit in driver or passenger seat of vehicle noting the degree of discomfort
  • Gain an appreciation of a client's overall ability to drive a motor vehicle safely
  • Determine to what extent a client's concerns about driving or travelling as a passenger effect their ability to drive.
  • Differentiate between pre-existing poor driving habits and driving actions that are fear based as a consequence of sustaining injury in a motor vehicle collision.
  • Create a log of client's established safe driving practices and driving habits that have a proven record of providing safety in protecting the client.
  • Document the type of interaction the client displays with other road users.
  • Note the consistency with which a client performs appropriate and safe responses in various traffic densities.
  • Document pre-existing self-nurturing skills a client may display Driver Evaluation and Rehabilitation Centre clo Limestone Health Consultants

RDDP Techniques

Flip Back Flip Up (Lou Tice "Creating your own Future")

  • This technique encourages a client to think back to a positive experience that occurred in the past. The client is encouraged to collect and/or recall all of the positive feeling(s) from that experience and place them on to the current negative experience(s)/feelings (i.e. fear or anxiety). The focus of this technique is on the positive feelings and replacing the negative feelings associated with the negative experience with positive feelings. This technique requires significant practice in order to facilitate the change in emotion from negative to positive and to integrate this into active driving.

Distraction Factor

  • The coach uses the teaching of defensive driving skills to the client as a mechanism for distraction or shift of focus. While focusing on learning new skills, the client is unable to focus on negative feelings. The benefits of this approach include improved driving skills, and increased feelings of safety and confidence.

Creative Visualization

  • The client is encouraged to describe how they would see themselves looking if they were driving and full of confidence. The client is encouraged to provide as much detail as possible. This assists in the sense of "realism" with the experience. The coach then uses this picture to help the client reconstruct their view of themselves as a successful and happy driver.

Breath Work

  • The focus of this area is to teach the client deep breathing skills and to allow them to focus their breathing when they become anxious or fearful and to progressively relax. This strategy is used both in and out of the vehicle.


  • The coach supports the client throughout the RDDP process. The use of empathetic statements, re-framing of negative statements and thoughts into positive ones, and coaching techniques, such as being a partner in the process, are central to the process.

Hypnosis/Self-directed relaxation techniques

  • This technique is used by a certified clinical hypnotist
  • The coach/hypnotist, using a structured interview approach, identifies the area of driving that the client wishes to work on (critical factor) i.e. stress related to driving
  • The coach/hypnotist introduces new suggestions to address the critical factor in driving while the client is in a state of deep relaxation
  • The coach/hypnotist encourages through hypnotic suggestion that the client replace old fears around driving and poor driving habits with new positive thoughts and feelings and defensive driving techniques (Replacement Exchange Technique)

Repeated Exposure Technique

  • This involves providing exposure to stress provoking driving scenarios under the supervision of the instructor.
  • This allows the client to experience the stress provoking activity with the support and security of the driving instructor and to apply the appropriate coping strategies.

The purpose of our programmes is to refresh seniors on driving knowledge to compensate any physical limitations brought about by age while enhancing their safe driving skills.

The program will help you cope with common problems on the road, deal with reflexes and learn about new traffic regulations and laws and memory enhancement and general preparation for senior driving test.

Driver Rehab Team vehicle is equipped with hand controls, spinner knob/tripin, left and right, left foot accelerator, right side signal stalk, transfer board, adjustable driver seat and dual brake for driving coach.
All cientele will have a valid license before occupational therapy and driving istructor assesses them.

Many clients have received funding from the insurance companies and WSIB covering their motor vehicle collision.

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The Goals of Driver Rehab Team

Our programs help you get behind the wheel with confidence and competency– a program that considers the needs of your body, your mind, and your spirit. You will find driving skills, hints, tips, and reminders that you will be using in the car. You will find suggestions for remembering those skills, AND you will find many suggestions for boosting your self-confidence, which will also help you to learn and apply your new skills.

Our program is designed to improve your awareness of and ability to handle the various conditions and situations you may encounter as you drive. Driver miscommunication is responsible for many collisions, so this manual offers good driver/driving communication techniques along with common sense driving responses that will allow you to protect yourself and others.

Our goal is to provide all participants an opportunity to find and implement a Black Swan. At the conclusion of our program you will be able to demonstrate increased skills and knowledge in the follow areas:

  • You will be knowledgeable in safety factors and their many variants and drive defensively.
  • You will appreciate the need to habitually perform the defensive driving tasks learned.
  • You will have optimum balance in your own individual competency and confidence levels pertaining to your safe driving abilities.

These goals will be accomplished by: correcting bad driving habits through in-house and on road solutions; applying learning methods to process and apply new information; learning on-road methods of survival as well as Drive for Life skill; how to use better communication and finally, hazard avoidance.

The term “Black Swan” referred originally to the surprise that ornithologists [who previously had thought that all swans were white] felt on discovering the first black swan. The term now signifies any unsuspected or noteworthy change. Our programs are designed to bring about a Black Swan/noteworthy change in your driving by improving your awareness of and ability to handle the conditions and challenges you may encounter as you drive.

A black swan can also refer to an innovation or disruption. For example: technological innovations such as iTunes, solar energy or the Blackberry are all positive events that were generally unforeseen at the time of their arrival and they all changed the way people lived their lives on a daily basis. A Black Swan in the field of driving is needed to change the way people drive on a daily basis.

Improved driver awareness is our best solution to protect ourselves and save lives while driving motor vehicles.

Our program is designed to create a common sense to the many varying driver responses and the large amount of driving conditions and scenarios each driver faces on a daily basis. Miscommunications between drivers are responsible for a high percentage of traffic collisions. Theoretically, if all drivers were on the same page and communicated effectively, a safer more predictable environment in which to drive would be created.

If more drivers apply similar common sense defensive responses, there will be an attainable black swan for every driver. The driver who is able to admit they know it all has an even greater chance of beneficially adding to their driving repertoire; in doing so protecting themselves and the ones they love against reckless drivers. These drivers are hard to spot, but once behind the wheel of a vehicle actions speak louder than words. Their aggressive and selfish reactions to events in traffic allow them to be clearly recognized.


In-House Therapy

  • Defensive Driving Theory
  • Desensitization Techniques and Remedies
  • Relaxation Combined Hypnosis
  • Creative Visualization
  • Breath Work
  • Thought Exchange Processing
  • Neuro-Linguistic Re-Programming
  • Vehicle Preparedness

In-Vehicle Practicum

  • Defensive Drive Demo by RDDP Coach
  • Defensive Driving Techniques Application
  • Space and Time Management
  • Observation and Vehicle Positioning
  • Hazard Avoidance Techniques Training
  • Communication
  • Standard Collision Prevention Formulae
  • Winter Driving Skills/Skid Prevention and Control