Behind the Wheel with ADHD (online training for parents)



What does “Behind the Wheel with ADHD” offer to your family?

This series of training webinars offers you and your student peace of mind.

Designed and developed by experts in the field of ADHD and other executive function issues, this supplementary training material helps parents manage the experience of their young drivers in a way that acknowledges their unique learning challenges.

“Behind the Wheel with ADHD” is a series of three recorded presentations, each about 50 minutes long, and includes this information:
– New research about how anxiety plays a role in traffic safety for ADHD teens
– Special dangers of distracted driving for ADHD teens
– How you can use the coaching approach to work more effectively with your ADHD teen
– Latest technologies available to support your efforts to minimize distractions
– How stimulant medications impact driving competency




If your son or daughter have ADHD, ADD, or another learning challenge that affects focus, attention or executive functioning standard driver education curriculum does not address all the needs of your child while he or she is learning to drive. This set of training webinars gives parents specialized tools and strategies for children with this learning profile, to reduce frustration for everyone involved, and ensure success for your son or daughter.

Module 1 – Foundations
Learn why your ADHD teen faces serious risks in driver safety not encountered by his or her peers. While many driving skills are thought to be acquired naturally for most, we now know that for drivers with ADHD and other executive functioning deficits, these skills need to be integrated into a program that provides specific skills training and creates new cognitive routines. As parents, you need to know relevant updates about ongoing research in this area, and what these insights reveal about the experience of learning to drive for your child..

Module 2 – Parenting Strategies for Novice Teen Drivers with ADHD
In this module you’ll get specific information about the most serious challenges to driving skill and traffic safety for teens who have ADHD or other learning differences. The strategies, tools and recommendations in this section of our training will help you coach your teen effectively, to keep them safe behind the wheel.

Module 3 – Recommendations and Resources from the Professionals
The final module offers you an in-depth presentation of useful resources and recommendations from professionals, that parents can use to help implement the strategies we suggest for enhancing the driver training experience for novice teen drivers with ADHD. You’ll get take-aways about the important documents and templates that we recommend, which are also used by professional instructors.



Gayle Sweeney and Ann Shanahan are ADHD and Executive Functioning Coaches who specialize in working with teens, college students, and young adults who have ADHD and other executive functioning issues to help them set goals and create strategies to achieve them. Together, they collaborated to develop this new program:  “Behind the Wheel With ADHD”.

Gayle and Ann were trained and certified in 2014 in the Rush Neurobehavioral Center Executive Function Skills Program© taught by Rush University Medical Center. Gayle and Ann presented “Special Risks Associated with the ADHD Driver” to the Illinois Driver Educators Association (IDEA), November 2013.

Gayle Sweeney is a graduate from Marquette University in Business and trained at with JST Coach Training, LLC, and received training in the Coach Mentor Training Program and earned a Certificate for Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum. Gayle enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate in Chicago with CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis) and then chose to stay home to raise her four children before embarking on a coaching career.

Ann Shanahan is a graduate in Psychology and Education from North Central College. She began her career as a UPS driver and was quickly was promoted into the management ranks becoming one of the first female Managers of the brown package car drivers in the North Illinois neighborhood districts. She became the North Illinois Safety Manager, responsible for the UPS training and development fleet of drivers. She has two children in college.

DriveSafeRideSafe is delighted to offer this resource to our community of parents concerned about the skills and safety of their children as they learn to drive.

Watch a brief video about this resource below!


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