Pre-requisite: The Basics
Strategic Spanish for Therapists: Rehabilitation is the second in a 3-part series of practical training courses for Physical and Occupational Therapists serving Spanish-speaking patients. You don't have to be bilingual to communicate instructions in Spanish well enough to complete your session objectives!
The course is called "strategic" for a reason. It provides carefully designed short cuts and easy pathways for even a beginning language learner to manage Spanish-speaking patients safely and respectfully, without the presence of an interpreter.
The Rehabilitation course covers such items as:
- a more comprehensive dive into functional pronunciation skills
- tailored vocabulary necessary for exercise routines
- instructions for getting patients to improve posture, stretch and work out problem areas
- cultural tips and language strategies to encourage your patient's cooperation
- pain assessments to assure the safety of your patient while in session
- instructions for managing patients on work-out equipment
The Basics is a pre-requisite for the Rehabilitation course. The third and final course is Accommodation.
Dr. Lori Madden
Curriculum Designer and Editor
About the Instructor
"I've taught adult students for a long time. What motivates me more than the success stories are learners with a burning desire to communicate in Spanish... right now, in their world. The secret to making this happen is taking practical short cuts and digesting bite-sized chunks. Every smile, nod, and successful verbal interaction with a Spanish-speaker in their lives feels like a 'win!'"
Dr. Lori Madden is a professor of foreign languages with a B.A. (Hood College), M.A. (University of Delaware) and Ph.D. (University of Florida) in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Literature. She is on faculty at St. Petersburg College. Dr. Madden has resided in Spain, Brazil and Costa Rica. She has taught for many years educating adults in Spanish and Portuguese languages and Hispanic culture, in both academic and professional environments. She is owner of SLS Publications®, LLC.