This is my first post and I hope to get information from the experience of forum members in relation to learning to drive with Aspergers and ASD.
I have been a driving instructor for over ten years and now manage a team of 40 instructors who provide lessons both on the road and at two venues in Central Belt of Scotland on private ground off road to help younger people or people not as confident get started at build their confidence and ability.
Over the years we have taught numerous people with Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc and have used our collective experience to assist these new drivers.
A number of our instructors are studying a year long driving coaching course to further develop thier self awareness and student centred teaching skills and the skills being fine tuned really help.
I was at an Autism Awareness Course this week and I found it very good and I was delighted when three of the instructors I went with who are also doing the Btec Coaching course commented that - it doesn't really change what we are doing as we should already be treating every student as an individual and should be aware of what they need as the student and provide the best thing for them and the student can help us achieve that by coming up with their own solutions - I thought YES!
I am hoping through this forum and this initial topic I can get information from members about the experience they or family members had learning to drive. I hope to get the good things that helped and the not so good which resulted in barriers or a reluctance to see it through.
This way we can help others by getting it right for them.
Thanks again, Brian