Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 2257–2262

Brief Report: Driving and Young Adults with ASD: Parents’ Experiences

  • Neill Broderick Cox
  • Ronald E. Reeve
  • Stephany M. Cox
  • Daniel J. Cox
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1470-7

Cite this article as:
Cox, N.B., Reeve, R.E., Cox, S.M. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2012) 42: 2257. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1470-7

Abstract

A paucity of research exists regarding driving skills and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The current study sought to gain a better understanding of driving and ASD by surveying parents/caregivers of adolescents/young adults with ASD who were currently attempting, or had previously attempted, to learn to drive. Respondents included 123 parents/caregivers of adolescents/young adults with ASD. The results indicate that learning to drive presents a substantial challenge for individuals with ASD; complex driving demands (e.g., multi-tasking) may be particularly problematic. Respondents provided suggestions that may be useful to others who seek to teach these skills. The survey results offer guidance for next steps in the study of driving with ASD.

Keywords

Autism and drivingAsperger’s and drivingAutism spectrum disorders and drivingDriving and developmental disabilitiesParents’ experiences of driving

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neill Broderick Cox
    • 1
  • Ronald E. Reeve
    • 1
  • Stephany M. Cox
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Cox
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical and School Psychology, Curry School of EducationUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, School of MedicineUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA