The purpose of SmartDriver Plus is to teach a few basic rules of the road and to enhance some of the cognitive skills necessary for smart, safe driving – visual tracking, planning ahead, attention to detail, concentration, hand-eye coordination, memory, and patience. While lively and entertaining, the exercises contain no violence and are not frenetic or overwhelmingly stimulating. Goals are clearly defined, and the player can learn to succeed and to be proud of newly acquired skills and capabilities. SmartDriver Plus provides detailed record-keeping for use by a parent, teacher or therapist.
To win the game, you must drive your car successfully through progressively more difficult roads and driving situations, avoiding getting too many damage or penalty points. Keep your car on the road, watch the speed limit, stop for red lights and trains, be helpful by picking up passengers, and avoid potholes and other obstacles. Other cars may act wild and reckless, bumping into you for no good reason, so you must learn to drive defensively. You win by following the rules of the road and being a careful, defensive driver.
“I have successfully guided many children and adult patients through the developmental levels of SmartDriver, and it has taught me the importance of combining attention and motor skills in therapy tasks. SmartDriver does all the work, and I’m just a ‘loud’ backseat driver. Most of my patients love it so much that I can use it as a motivational and reinforcement tool as well as a therapy tool. When I told a little language impaired girl that she must be patient on SmartDriver, she went and told her mother that she should be a patient driver while bringing her to speech-language therapy.” – Arnell A. Brady, CCC-SLP/L Chicago, IL