This third book is a revised edition which concentrates on the Hidden Difficulties of Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and Aspergers and considers how the ‘Prescribed’ teaching and examining methods normally used can hinder these students developing into the true ‘Independent’ drivers they are capable of becoming. .

I hope it will be of interest to:

  • Learners who think they may have a Hidden Difficulty.
  • Examiners who have found that certain candidates are struggling.
  • Driving Instructors who need to understand more about relevant methods of teaching.
  • Parents who cannot understand why their children may be struggling.
  • Support workers whose clients may need help.
  • Those interested in knowing more about the effects of Aspergers, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia.

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It was instigated following the introduction of ‘Independent Driving’ as part of the Practical Test, when some of the ‘directed’ requests were found to be unsuitable for the ‘independent’ driving needs of some of the candidates, since in real life they would not have chosen to do it ‘that way’. The ‘directed independence’ was in fact unsafe and examiners needed to be more aware of the Hidden Difficulties which were not always declared. Fortunately many began to adapt their examining techniques and asked candidates what method they would use or choose and so adopted a more flexible approach.

This book is now aimed at redressing gaps in understanding about Hidden Difficulties and to advocate that after 35 years of Specific Needs inclusion within education, appropriate access should now be provided in driving instruction.

ThBack Covere ability to drive independently is often the only way forward for those with Hidden Difficulties, so they must be allowed to do it ‘their’ way on test, in order to enable them to problem-solve and be comfortable and therefore safe.