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Posted by Amanda on July 18, 2000 at 23:50:13:

In Reply to: Can my teenager with mild CP learn to drive safely? posted by Sheryl on July 13, 2000 at 21:39:02:

: Hello,

: My son is 16 with mild cerebral palsy and is taking driver's education classes. He has driven three days in a row and had two minor accidents! His teacher thinks it is not advisable to continue, but my son really wants to continue. His trouble is in 'freezing up' in a situation requiring a fast decision.

: Can this tendency be overcome with practice, or will it stay the same? I worry about not only his safety, but the safety of pedestrians and other drivers.

: Any experiences you can relate would be appreciated!

I am 23 and I have mild cerebral palsy. I had some "freezing up" when I learned to drive.
It took me a long time to even get up the confidence to get behind the wheel. I was 18 before
I got my liscense (my choice). I have to admit that learning to drive took a lot of patience from
my parents. It may be better if the driver instructor takes your son on short lessons, so that
he can become confident at "low key" driving situations before he has to make frequent quick
decisions. I now drive with confidence. Do not give up!!!

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